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Each year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra hits the road from June to September to bring inspiring live music to communities across the whole of Scotland. We bring Creative Learning projects such as Big Ears, Little Ears, VIBE, Come and Play and ReConnect alongside our concerts, and we collaborate with local partners to support and enhance the work they undertake all year round.

Fabulous musicians who were so good with the children

Big Ears, Little Ears attendee, Caithness 2019

Caithness Residency

In 2019 we brought six special events to Caithness, working with people of all ages across the community over a long weekend in June.

Big Ears, Little Ears (BELE photo with William) is a series of informal concerts for babies, toddlers, parents and careers, providing an opportunity for little ones and grown-ups to share high quality live music in a child-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We were delighted to bring this experience to Caithness with a performance at Lyth Arts Centre during this residency.

Mentorship and coaching are important parts of our musician’s careers and during the residency Principal Trumpet Peter Franks spent an afternoon coaching and playing alongside a group of local brass players.

An evening of chamber music, specially programmed and performed by seven SCO musicians was given at West Church, Thurso.

Come and Play events are a popular part of the Creative Learning activities. During this residency local orchestral musicians aged 9 and above were invited to join forces with SCO musicians to play together and explore a new commission by Katrina Gordon.

On the final day of the residency the team were out and about visiting local schools and care homes. In the primary schools, Julia Donaldson’s much-loved tale ‘The Snail and the Whale’ was brought to life through musical storytelling, while older members of the community were invited to take part in SCO ReConnect interactive music workshops.

What stood out to me was the positive effect it had on the younger players. I thought they showed great patience and discipline and without doubt it has improved confidence

Come & Play participant, Caithness 2019

Our Creative Learning Partner

This project was made possible by the generous support of Baillie Gifford. Their sponsorship is enabling us to reach thousands of people in communities across Scotland.

Caithness Residency was kindly supported by

Dounreay Communities Fund