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The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) present a primary school resource exploring the composer Beethoven. This resource was created to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the SCO’s performance of his Piano Concerto No 2 as part of My Light Shines On, the International Festival’s celebration of Edinburgh’s enduring festival spirit.

Have fun listening, drawing and composing as you explore Beethoven’s music (and his moods!) These resources support the Curriculum for Excellence and are ideal for Primary 5 to Primary 7. The Listen and Draw activity can also be enjoyed by slightly younger children.

Background and Listening Guide

Rachel Leach introduces the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 and gives some entertaining insights into the music and personality of the famous composer.

Watch the full performance of Piano Concert No 2

Listen and Draw

Compose in the classroom

Rachel Leach presents creative music activities to support teachers and pupils in the classroom.

Meet the Players

Meet Su-a Lee | Cello

Korean born cellist Su-a Lee is one of the highlights of the Scottish music scene. Celebrated wherever she goes, she stands out for her versatility and appetite for musical adventure. While she is deeply rooted in her Scottish home, Su-a and her cello have appeared all over the world, from South America to the Arctic Circle. As well as performing in the world’s major concert halls, you are as likely to find her in unorthodox and interesting locations, including Japanese temples, circus tents and waterfalls.

Meet Louise Goodwin | Timpani and Percussion

Originally from Liverpool, Louise began her studies in London at the Royal College of Music and played in various professional orchestras across the UK. Louise has been fortunate to have played in many international venues and has recently enjoyed performing on orchestral tours across Europe, Singapore and China. Louise joined the SCO in February 2020. She is a keen Liverpool FC fan and cat-mum to the mischievous Tig and Boo.

Meet Paul Lewis | Piano

Pianist Paul Lewis talks about how he came to learn the piano and why he enjoys playing music by Beethoven.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.