Masterworks | American Minimalism

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Masterworks - Our flagship project for secondary schools

Masterworks, the SCO’s flagship project for secondary schools, gives students a fantastic opportunity to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close. 

In September 2017 the orchestra performed a programme of American Minimalism to school audiences in Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness. The interactive concerts, featuring music by John Adams and Steve Reich, were introduced by composer and presenter Rachel Leach and conducted by Jessica Cottis. In the week before the concerts, teams of SCO musicians visited schools across the country – travelling from Edinburgh as far as Skye and the Western Isles – to lead creative workshops exploring minimalist techniques. This year we were delighted to work in partnership with Drake Music Scotland to include students with Additional Support Needs schools in the workshop programme and to welcome them to concerts.

1,277 students and 142 music teachers from 47 schools in 14 Local Authorities in Scotland took part in Masterworks 2017, and this year the same programme will visit Dumfries, Helensburgh, Glasgow and surrounding areas. You can find out more here.

The pupils talked about it all the way back to school and this morning in class as well. Teacher, Perth & Kinross

The kids all loved it! Teacher, Moray

Everyone is talking about it! Teacher, Midlothian

Our pupils were so happy and enjoyed it so much that they were on their best behaviour throughout and are still talking about it. We also received thank you letters from the parents as the pupils talked to them about the experience. Teacher, Midlothian

Masterworks 2017 was kindly supported by The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust, The Gannochy Trust, The Plum Trust, PF Charitable Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust, The JTH Charitable Trust, The Educational Institute of Scotland, The Forteviot Charitable Trust, Sir Iain Stewart Foundation, The Guildry Incorporation of Perth and Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, and Horsecross Arts.

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Masterworks 2017 funders