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The SCO Academy programme provides a unique opportunity for aspiring young musicians (aged 12-18) to complement their regular music-making activities by rehearsing and performing with the Orchestra under the guidance of SCO musicians and conductors. Each Academy takes place over several weekends and culminates in a performance as part of the Orchestra’s season programme.

There are no auditions for this programme and participation is FREE.

This was a excellent opportunity for me to play with a live orchestra. I felt enlightened to make beautiful music with others with a similar passion 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.

The Academy is delivered in association with St Mary's Music School and the Instrumental Music Services at the City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow CREATE.


Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April | Glasgow venue tbc
Conducted by Gordon Bragg and supported by SCO musicians and SMMS tutors

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April | Edinburgh venue tbc
Conducted by Andrew Manze and supported by SCO musicians and SMMS tutors


Thursday 2 May 7.30pm | Edinburgh Usher Hall
Friday 3 May 7.30pm | Glasgow City Halls

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Kindly supported by The Penpont Charitable Trust, the Educational Institute of Scotland and The William Syson Foundation