The educational, inspirational and aspirational benefits for children experiencing live orchestral music have always been huge, but perhaps never more so than today.
WHAT 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.
WATCH / LISTEN
Quickfire Questions with Amira BEDRUSH-MCDONALD
18 October 2021Get to know First Violin Amira Bedruch-McDonald a little bit more with our quickfire questions!
Thomas Zehetmair | Imagining Mozart
13 October 2021A work by Mozart which was mysteriously aborted will be brought to life with an arrangement by conductor Thomas Zehetmair.
Our long-awaited return to the concert hall!
12 October 2021We reflect on our first concerts and the return of our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev as well as some fantastic guest artists.