Earlier this month the Scottish Chamber Orchestra had planned a three day Festival to celebrate three wonderful years of music-making with the Wester Hailes community. Unfortunately this hasn't yet come to pass, but we would like to share some of the projects and amazing stories created during our Wester Hailes Residency. Here to tell us a bit more is our Wester Hailes Residency Champion, children's television presenter Chris Jarvis... 


SOUNDMOVES was a unique, award-winning music and movement project created for Clovenstone, Canal View and Sighthill Primary Schools.


During this project, each class created a music and movement piece which brought together ideas from the whole group. Every child was involved in the piece, either as a musician or as part of the choreographed movement, and in 2019 six classes each made a short film. 

"It makes me feel really proud of myself because I’ve done something that I’ve never done before."  - P5 Participant 

The films were premiered at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival and the project itself went on to win the Scottish New Music Award for best Community / Education Project. We are very proud of everyone who was part of this wonderful project! Watch all six short films HERE

SCO VIBE | WHEC brought together pupils from S1-6 to create and perform music with the SCO. In October 2019, the SCO team spent three days writing new music with seventeen pupils from across the age range and were invited back in December 2019 to perform at the school’s first Christmas concert with its three feeder primary schools. We are incredibly proud of the SCO VIBE | WHEC band and their message to the world: “We need peace, we need love, we need everybody working together!”


Incredible Distance was our creative project for adults in Wester Hailes, delivered in partnership with Edinburgh College and WHALE Arts. The project was open to all adults, irrespective of musical experience.

"Very enjoyable indeed and great to see original ideas come to fruition as if by magic" - Incredible Distance Participant 

In 2018, participants created an original audio-visual installation which explores the sonic and visual identity of the Edinburgh suburb, capturing snapshots of daily life through the collection of found sound, imagery, film and original musical composition. The work was installed at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Fruitmarket Gallery and WHALE Arts, Edinburgh.


In 2019, the group wrote and recorded a set of original songs with musicians from the SCO and in partnership with Edinburgh College. Listen here 👇



stan and mabel

Early this year some wonderful Wester Hailes familes trotted out in their finest animal attire to join us for our Family Festival, 'Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space'. These concerts are part of our Family Festival concert series which introduces young people to orchestral music. It included irresistibly catchy songs with actions, ideal for engaging young children in orchestral music, as well as firing up their imaginations. Why not learn the Songs and Actions with Chris Jarvis 👇


We are grateful to our partners at WHALE Arts, Edinburgh College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, City of Edinburgh Council and all participating schools for their support in delivering the residency programme.


Kindly supported by The Castansa Trust, The Robertson Trust, Paul and Clare Rooney, The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust, Mrs Rowena Goffin's Charitable Trust, Cruden Foundation, The Stevenston Charitable Trust, The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, Geraldine Kirkpatrick Charitable Trust and Anonymous