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In January 2018, secondary school music pupils worked with musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to explore and respond to SCO Season Repertoire Incantations by Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Composer and music educator Fraser Trainer worked alongside the musicians to lead two days of creative group music making at Springburn Academy, Glasgow and James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh.

Working with an eclectic mix of instruments and voices, and without reference to musical notation, Fraser and the teams quickly created an environment in which pupils felt free to experiment and to put forward ideas.

We all LOVED these workshops, they were so well led and supported by the musicians. They pitched it perfectly to include all pupils of all abilities, experiences and confidence level. I loved seeing the joy on their faces as they performed! Thank you. Please come back soon!! Teacher, Springburn Academy

Pupils were inspired by the immersive workshop experience and their work was documented by videographer Sandy Butler and recording engineers Mark Neal and Phil McBride.

I have never created music before and the next week I started [to] write music. S1 pupil, Springburn Academy

I enjoyed the workshop, it was very different from anything I’d done in music. I liked how there was no music on paper. S3 pupil, James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh.

Incantations was the second in a series of training programmes delivered in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As well as providing a unique creative learning experience for school pupils, the project functioned as a training and development opportunity for SCO musicians & RCS students.