60 Seconds With... Chris Jarvis

Chris JarvisWhat excites you most about working with the SCO?
I absolutely love working with real musicians who are at the top of their game and the SCO is premier league and world-class, so there’s a lot to get excited about! 

In your opinion, what are the benefits / importance of introducing children to live orchestral music?
The educational, inspirational and aspirational benefits for children experiencing live orchestral music have always been huge, but perhaps never more so than today. So much orchestral music springs out of speakers on televisions and in cinemas, but rarely with the musicians in vision.
The BBC has ramped up its commitment to introducing children to real music with CBeebies Proms and Ten Pieces. But the impact of hearing and seeing an orchestra in the flesh, wood, brass and string for the first time is massive and I truly wish every child had that opportunity.

What can parents and children expect to experience at an SCO Family Festival?
The festival is more than just a concert, there are other activities at the concert hall where children can create art and craftwork, engage with musicians and have a go themselves. As well as being a great introduction to the Orchestra, it’s also highly interactive and a big laugh for all the family.

7-9 February in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow

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