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Welcome to Masterworks 2021 - riSE and fLY

Masterworks concert and resource films are available to schools for free.

Masterworks 2021 features riSE and fLY by Julia Wolfe, performed by percussion wizard Colin Currie and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rebecca Tong, and introduced by Rachel Leach. Our free online videos are designed to support the listening, learning, and composing aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence and are ideal for pupils studying for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. Alongside this, the Learning Pack introduces Julia Wolfe's composition techniques through enjoyable, interactive group activities designed for the classroom.

Masterworks is designed to open up new sound-worlds to young people, to encourage them to listen to a wider variety of genres, and to equip them with knowledge and musical tools to be more adventurous in their own compositions.

The resources will be available here until September 2024.

Fascinating, informative, and fun!

Pupil, 2019

Pupils were inspired!

Teacher, 2020

Online Concert

Watch the full performance of riSE and fLY, followed by Rachel Leach's introduction with useful guidance on what to listen out for.

Musical Concepts

Rachel Leach explains how musical concepts are used in riSE and fLY.

Concerto & Cadenza
Pedals, Drones & Cluster chords
Extended playing techniques - glissando, pitch bend
Pulse, Ostinato, Polyrhythms

Composing Task

Rachel Leach introduces composing task based on riSE and fLY, demonstrated by Rachel Leach and three musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Meet the Soloist

Rachel Leach interviews Colin Currie and asks how he became a world famous percussionist, and what it is like to perform body and street percussion in riSE and fLY.

Meet the Composer

Julia Wolfe talks about how she started composing, inspirations behind riSE and fLY, and what it was like working with Colin Currie.


Kindly supported by

The Gannochy Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust and The JTH Charitable Trust.

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.