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SCO String and Wind Academies - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

These SCO Academies are completely free!

What standard do I have to play at?

You should have already reached at least Grade 7 standard.

If I don’t have exam certificates can I still take part?

Yes, as long as we receive a recommendation from your teacher. Please ask your teacher to email SCO Education Officer Atzi Muramatsu,, to confirm that the repertoire we have chosen is of a suitable standard for you.

Do I have to audition?

There are no auditions, but places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I book a place?

- Apply online at

- Within two weeks of receiving your application, we will send you further information about the course. At this point we will ask you to provide some details we need from you

- If your section is full, we will ask if you would like to be added to the waiting list and will let you know as soon as possible if a place becomes available

What if I can’t join every week?

We expect participants to be able to attend all three weeks.

What is the repertoire?

SCO String Academy

- SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony (string quartet No 8 arranged for strings by Rudolf Barshai)

SCO Wind Academy

- FARKAS Early Hungarian Dances tbc

- ARNOLD Three Shanties tbc

Who will be coaching?

The courses are tutored by the following musicians -

SCO String Academy

- GORDON BRAGG SCO violin/Conductor



- SU-A LEE SCO cello

- NIKITA NAUMOV SCO double bass

Wind Academy




- ALISON GREEN bassoon


When will we be sent the repertoire?

You will be emailed your parts and instructions on how to access the courses online on or before Monday 26 October. We will provide video practice materials the week on or before Sunday 1 November.

Do I need to learn the repertoire beforehand?

You should familiarise yourself with the repertoire, but we don’t expect you to perfect your part before you arrive at the course.

What do I need to prepare?

While any device will work, including mobile phones and tablets, we recommend you use a laptop or desktop computer if available. Before joining each session you need to ensure microphone and camera functions are enabled, have printed parts and a pencil ready on the music stand, your instrument tuned and be ready to play. We will provide you with a guide document on how to set up your Zoom in advance.

Will there be a public performance?

The final session will involve an online play through to a film of SCO musicians performing the repertoire. Family and friends are welcome to tune in and join us for a chat afterwards.

Will I be filmed?

We encourage participants to record each session on zoom, so that you can revisit the coaching at a later date.

Screen shots or short clips of the sessions may be used by the SCO and St Mary’s Music School for reporting and marketing purposes only. In accordance with SCO Child Protection Policy, we will record each session but the footage will not be shared anywhere else and will be deleted after one month.

What should I do if I need special assistance?

Please email SCO Education Officer Atzi Muramatsu,, if you need technical assistance or have any other requirements.