This page contains articles
written by children who have attended recent SScOT residential activity
and their parents.
was my second year at SScOT and I greatly enjoyed it.
I made new friends and met up with friends from the year before.
I was in the Symphony Orchestra and wondered if I would struggle
with the pieces, but the pieces were great and everyone was very
supportive and encouraging. I
would really recommend this course to anyone who enjoys playing music and
making new friends. I know I
would definitely come back.
Kirstin (aged 12,
Anstruther Primary School, July 2016)
is something I look forward to in my summer holidays.
The course encompasses music and activities.
The accommodation and food is all really good, there is also lots
of great facilities such as tennis courts, an Astroturf, a swimming pool
and a sports hall equipped with badminton and basketball.
Art is also available and is really fun.
There are three music groups and a whole orchestra (which includes
everyone on the course). All
the conductors choose great music. On
the topic of conductors, the staff are really skilled, friendly and obviously
love music. The format of the
course is very well organised, each day having a mixture of sport or art,
sectionals and rehearsals. The
sectionals are great. They are
all really helpful, and allow us to make progress quickly.
Overall SScOT is a great course, which will help improve your
musical skills, and allow you to meet new people with mutual interests.
Gregor (aged 14, Edinburgh
Academy, July 2016)
went on a trip to Dunblane with my sister and a friend from school.
My best time in SScOT was getting the chance to play a piece which
our conductor (Robin) wrote during our break.
The title of the song was called "Water's Edge".
It was very nerve-wracking and on our very last day at the
performance, we blew our audience away.
We had a ceilidh on Wednesday night.
It was very good. We
also did a quiz about SScOT and the staff did a concert, displaying their
talents to us. It was very
inspirational to watch. Thank you, it has been an amazing
week. I won't forget it.
Teresa (aged 10, St. Ninian's R.C.
Primary School, Newton Stewart, July 2016)
it was my first year I was pretty shy and didn't know where to be but then
I made a few friends to keep me right, and now am in contact with a couple
of them. The accommodation was just the right amount of space, and
was comfy enough to get a good night's sleep. Every meal was so well
cooked, thanks to the dinner staff. The tutoring was exceptional and
I loved to be in a big orchestra full of amazing musicians and wow
conductors. When it came to sport and art it was good to have a
break from playing. Heather, Jamie and Jessica made it fun for us
when it came to those activities. It was awesome when we did the
ceilidh and funny when it came to the staff concert, and I had a great
time playing in the pupil concert.
Amelia (aged 9, Kingsland Primary School, Peebles, July 2016)
I really loved the
course. It has made me more competent and independent in my
playing. I feel I have made progress. In doing the course I
feel more confident in the style and techniques of playing the
flute. Rehearsals were tiring but fun. The tutors were really
good, experienced in teaching so we worked hard. The timetable was
well organised and there was always something to do. I made friends
quickly as there was a friendly relaxed environment. I really
enjoyed using the school's sports facilities and the food was good.
Being in the final concert was cool. I would love to go back again.
(aged 11, George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, July 2016)
As this is
unfortunately my last year at SScOT I would like to thank you for the 4
wonderful and fun weeks and many Play Away Days. SScOT was like my
dream of a week and I am so glad I discovered it! My cello playing
and orchestral playing always improve greatly over the week and I always
have lots of fun. I am sad that it is my final year, however I am
sure SScOT will go on being fabulous.
Jenny (aged 15,
Currie Community High School, July 2015)
Being my second
time at SScOT I was really looking forward to meeting up with my
friends again (who I met the last time I went) and this time I got to
share a room with them! The instructors on the course were really
helpful and nice too, conducting our music and giving us sport &
art at break times. At the end of the course, thanks to our tutors, we
pulled off a spectacular concert in the Carnegie Hall and I've been
singing Benjamin Britten all summer!
Lachlan (aged 10,
Lomond School, Helensburgh, July 2015)
The facilities were
excellent and I really enjoyed the way that you alternate between sport
and rehearsals. The tutors are really funny and encouraging!
Sam (aged 11,
Garlieston Primary School, Dumfries & Galloway, July 2015)
concert yesterday and my daughter Amelia adored it.
She's hooked and will be back if you'll have her in 2017!
A wonderfully well run course, pastoral care and artistry fabulous.
The friendliness of the staff evident from the very first meeting
to the last and the fact that the staff play with the children and for
them in concerts at night etc - what an experience for them.
It's all about the music. And
the fun that can be had from it, the sheer joy.
Keep it up! I was in
tears watching them yesterday and not just my child, it's so moving seeing
young talent flourish. Thank
Clare (Parent, Peebles, July 2016)
to all for a fantastic concert on Saturday and another wonderful SScOT
course: our daughter Mia's second and definitely not her last. She
had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure to see her playing so
confidently both on Thursday when I came up to Dunblane and on
Saturday. Two very proud parents! Mia loved the whole week -
the music of course but also the sport, art and social aspects. It's
a great course and we will spread the word for next year. Looks like
summer holidays will need to be arranged around SScOT for the next five
Sally (Parent, Edinburgh, July 2016)