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Connect, Create, Celebrate!

SCO in Craigmillar is a five-year programme of music and cross-artform workshops and performances for residents of all ages in Greater Craigmillar, Edinburgh. Building on the area’s extraordinary history of Community Arts, the SCO is proud to be part of a community-wide journey to re-energise creative, intergenerational activity with and for diverse groups, and to connect the community with a national cultural resource in the form of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Scroll down for information about our projects and how to get involved.

SCO in Craigmillar includes nine unique creative projects which will run annually in schools and community centres. These projects are designed to develop musical and practical skills, and to promote wellbeing and creativity. They will culminate in two commissioned community performances, co-created and performed by residents and SCO musicians - a collaborative community performance in 2024, and a commissioned community musical in 2026.

Workshop Programme

Community Projects

Seen & Heard

A creative project for adults

Returning in Autumn 2022

Craigmillar Voices

A vocal project for children and adults

The Venchie on Fridays

Children 1 - 2pm | Adults 2 - 3.30pm

29 Oct - 17 Dec 21

28 Jan – 18 March 22

29 April – 17 June 22


A project for older people in partnership with Caring in Craigmillar - find out more about ReConnect here.

Caring in Craigmillar on Fridays 12 – 1pm

8 Oct– 26 Nov 21

14 Jan– 4 Mar 22

29 April – 17 June 22

School Projects


Learn more about Soundmoves here

Castleview Primary School: Oct – Dec 2021

Brunstane Primary School: Jan – Mar 2022

Niddrie Mill Primary School: Apr – Jun 2022

Moving Music

Learn more about Moving Music here

Niddrie Mill Primary School: Sept – Nov 2021

Castleview Primary School: Jan – Mar 2022

Brunstane Primary School: Apr – Jun 2022

Dots & Lines

Learn more about Dots and Lines here

Brunstane Primary School Nursery: Sept – Nov 2021

Greendykes Early Years Centre: Jan – Mar 2022

Castleview Primary School Nursery: Apr – Jun 2022

Vibe at Castlebrae

Hear from workshop leader Paul Griffiths here.

Castlebrae High School | 13-15 June 2022

Lead Artists

Click below to meet some of the fantastic Lead Artists who will be working alongside SCO musicians and residents to develop creative content during the workshops:

For a more detailed overview of SCO in Craigmillar, browse or download our Stakeholder Document

SCO Violinist Aisling O'Dea in Craigmillar smiling with two statues

SCO Violinist Aisling O'Dea in Craigmillar (Photo Credit: John Brown)

Kindly funded by

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland, Scops Arts Trust, H R Creswick’s Charitable Trust, Mrs Rowena Goffin’s Charitable Trust, The Plum Trust, Cruden Foundation, The Stevenston Charitable Trust, Geraldine Kirkpatrick Charitable Trust, The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust, PF Charitable Trust, our Creative Learning Partner Baillie Gifford, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) supports both outstanding young musicians (BBT Artists) and charitable organisations that help the underprivileged and disadvantaged through music (BBT Communities). Whether developing and sustaining young artists’ international careers, or bringing the joy of music to new communities, the Trust provides invaluable assistance and encouragement.

SCO in Craigmillar is funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland with support from Youth Music Initiative and Time to Shine. The Youth Arts Fund ensures creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.