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Our new SCO Academy programme, delivered in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council Instrumental Music Service, Glasgow CREATE and students and staff from St Mary’s Music School, will provide a unique opportunity for aspiring young IMS musicians to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Orchestra under the guidance of SCO musicians and conductors.

Participation in this programme is FREE and rehearsals will take place over two weekends leading to two performances as part of the Orchestra’s season programme in May 2024.

This was an excellent opportunity for me to play with a live orchestra and with others with a similar passion for music as me. It was brilliant!

SCO Academy participant, 2021

SCO Academy Spring 2024

Featuring Vaughan Williams’ Concerto Grosso with conductor Andrew Manze

In May 2024, acclaimed Vaughan Williams conductor Andrew Manze will lead a programme of the composer's music as part of the SCO’s 23/24 Concert Season. Young string players will sit alongside our SCO musicians on the concert platform and work with Andrew to perform Vaughan Williams’ Concerto Grosso.

The Concerto Grosso, a 14-minute piece in five movements, is uniquely composed for all skill levels with the orchestra divided into three sections based on skill: Concertino (Advanced), Tutti (Intermediate), and Ad Lib (Novice, open strings only). The remainder of the concert programme will feature The Lark Ascending and Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5.

Kindly supported by the Penpont Charitable Trust, the Radcliffe Trust, and the Vaughan Williams Foundation.

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