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Soundbox is an artist development programme offering a platform for music creators from any musical or cultural background to experiment with the chamber music format, expand their creative practice and explore new ideas, new sounds and new music. It is an opportunity for artists to take essential time to explore and develop their work with guidance and support from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s team of mentors, led by our Associate Composer Jay Capperauld.

Participants receive a financial grant and a commission fee, and work together over 12 months to create new pieces of work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. These pieces will be shared with audiences in 2024 as we celebrate the Orchestra's 50th anniversary.

I'm enjoying the journey and playing around with ideas - it's a rare opportunity to have the time and space to do that

Soundbox cohort member, 2023

Current Soundbox Music Creators

Emily Scott-Moncrief

Emily is a singer, songwriter, double bassist and music educator based in Glasgow. She is front-woman of critically acclaimed chamber-pop band Modern Studies and has most recently completed a solo album for piano and string orchestra, as Chrysanths. She is beyond excited to work with the SCO to explore further the orchestral palette, and find a place where her pop influences and classical sensibilities can meet in a playful and creative way.

Daniel Abrahams

After working part-time in renewable energy engineering, last year Daniel finally took the plunge to become a composer and musician full time. His focus has been on original compositions with folk bands Dowally and Wayward Jane, as well as soulful pop songs for The Foo Birds. He is passionate about liveable cities and have recently composed new music on that theme.


naafi is an Electronic Musician, DJ and Songwriter, whose work spans across experimental, left-field dance and pop genres. They host a radio show on EHFM called Affix comparing classical and electronic music composition. They are excited to play with the Chamber format, and through this explore new contexts for listening.

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.