MASTERWORKS | AMERICAN MINIMALISM 2017 & 2018
Masterworks, the SCO’s flagship project for secondary schools, gives students a fantastic opportunity to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close.
"GET AS MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED AS YOU CAN BECAUSE IT'S REALLY GOOD, REALLY FUN" STUDENT, 2018
In 2017 and in 2018, the orchestra performed a programme of American Minimalism to school audiences in Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Glasgow, Helensburgh, and Dumfries. The interactive concerts, featuring music by John Adams and Steve Reich, were introduced by 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. We are 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.
"IT ABSOLUTELY ENHANCES WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE CLASSROOM AND BRINGS IT MORE TO LIFE, AND IT'S GREAT FOR THE PUPILS TO EXPERIENCE" TEACHER 2018
Masterworks aims to reach secondary schools in every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities over a three year cycle. In 2017 and 2018 combined, the SCO engaged with over 1,800 music students and 220 music teachers from 82 schools in 21 Local Authorities in Scotland.
"THE CONTENT WAS SUPERB, YOUR PRESENTER DOES A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THE PACE AND INTEREST JUST RIGHT." TEACHER, 2018
"VERY POSITIVE. IT’S GREAT FOR THEM TO ACTUALLY WORK WITH PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS THAT ARE WORKING WITH OUR MUSIC INSTRUCTORS AND CLASSROOM TEACHERS, IT’S A DIFFERENT SIDE OF THEM TO SEE WITHIN THE WORLD OF MUSIC." TEACHER, 2018
To download classroom resources exploring three classic works of American Minimalism, click here SCO Masterworks 2018 American Minimalism Teaching Resources
For more information on Masterworks 2019, click HERE
Our 2017 project 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, Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, Perth Common Good Fund and Anonymous.
Our 2018 project was kindly supported by The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust, The Plum Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, PF Charitable Trust, The Robert Haldane Smith Charitable Foundation, The JTH Charitable Trust, The McGlashan Charitable Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, Miss E C Hendry's Charitable Trust, The W A Cargill Fund and Sir Iain Stewart Foundation. Masterworks 2018 was delivered in partnership with Drake Music Scotland, Glasgow City Council CREATE and Glasgow Life.