SCO Youth Academy



Would you like to perform with musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, make new friends and develop your musicianship?

String Academy 1

Sundays 1-29 November 2020, 2pm-5pm
St Thomas of Aquin's High School, Edinburgh

SCO Youth Academy is a new youth orchestra for school-aged musicians, delivered in partnership with St Mary’s Music School. The Academy offers a great opportunity for aspiring young musicians to work with expert SCO players over a series of five Sunday afternoons in the centre of Edinburgh. Conducted by Gordon Bragg and tutored by SCO musicians, the SCO Youth Academy is open to school-aged orchestral musicians who have reached at least Grade 6 for strings and percussion (including timpani) and Grade 7 for winds and brass. Places will be allocated on submission of a successful video audition. Repertoire for this course is Sibelius' Finlandia and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade movements I and III.

Please note there is no audition/application fee. The course fee of £90 per participant is only applicable after places are confirmed. We do not, however, want cost to be a barrier and can provide bursaries for up to 100% fees and travel expenses. For enquiries regarding bursaries and support for travel and access, please contact Susan White at

The application closing date is on Friday 28 August 2020.

Do you want to know more? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

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Kindly supported by the Marigold Whittome Memorial Trust and The William Syson Foundation

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String Academy Participant, 2019
String Academy Participant, 2019

Despite the current movement restrictions due to COVID-19, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Mary’s Music School are looking to the future and these remain exciting times. Our priorities are to ensure the health and safety of our audiences, stakeholders and staff. We are monitoring the situation carefully and closely following the guidelines provided by the Scottish Government. This event will proceed only when it is assessed to be safe nearer to the event date, otherwise it may be postponed until further notice.