SScOT's next residential
activity holiday will take place from Monday July 10th until Saturday July
15th 2017 at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, with the final concerts at
the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, and is for children
and teenagers aged 9 to 15 who play an orchestral or band
instrument at a level of grade
2 to grade 8 or above. There are no auditions, the aim being to
challenge each person at a suitable level, and to build on their motivation
has a reputation for providing well-organised courses, in a supportive and
caring environment, offering youngsters the chance to develop their
orchestral playing and musicianship to a high level, whilst making friends
and experiencing the satisfaction of working together.
Participants come from all over Scotland
Many come back year after year, often bringing younger siblings.
Their experiences on SScOT courses help to provide motivation for
their music-making throughout the rest of the year.
Many go on to join our National Youth Orchestras, some eventually
become professional musicians, and all participate in an absorbing hobby.
Participants will be
helped to enjoy and develop their experience of orchestral and wind band
playing, with expert guidance and specialist advice from professional
instrumental tutors, within a variety of orchestras at different levels. A wide range of repertoire will be played, over and
above the music rehearsed for the end-of-course concerts.
The more advanced
players qualify for the Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Matthew
Rowe), and the less advanced for the Junior String Orchestra
(conductor: Robin Wedderburn) or the Wind Band
(conductor: Susan Dingle). There is a
Brass Ensemble (conductor: James Chamberlain),
a Symphonic Wind Band (conductor: Susan Dingle)
and a String Orchestra (conductor: Robin
Wedderburn), which meet for several sessions during the week, and
involve all players of the relevant instruments. The Grand Orchestra
(conductor: Matthew Rowe), which involves all
course participants, also meets several times during the week.
Set in 45 acres of beautiful
Perthshire countryside on the outskirts of Dunblane, Queen Victoria School
offers an exceptional range of indoor and outdoor facilities, allowing
participants to take part in the ever-popular arts, crafts and sporting
options, which are a daily feature of the holiday, and are supervised by specialist staff. A full programme of entertainments will be offered in the
evenings. There will be a resident
There will be an Open Day on
Thursday July 13th, when parents and siblings will be invited to visit
their children and see the course in progress.
The final concerts will take
place at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Saturday July 15th, starting at
2.45 and 4.45. There will be two distinct programmes and each
participant will perform in both concerts. Tickets are available from the
Carnegie Hall in advance and on the day.
The all-inclusive cost is
£480 for applications received by March 31st 2017 or £510 for those
received later. A deposit of £190 is to be sent with the
application form and the balance of £290 (or £320) is due on June 1st
2017. In the event of withdrawal, £30 will be kept from the deposit
to cover administrative costs. The deposit will be forfeited for
withdrawals within one month of the start of the course, unless supported
by a medical certificate. No refund of fees will be made for
withdrawals after July 7th.
Many local authorities &
some individual schools will offer financial support for this
course. SScOT also has its own Mary
Carmichael Fund, which is designed to ensure that no child is denied
the possibility of attending the course simply for financial reasons.
brochures and application forms, and enquiries about any of SScOT's
activities, should be addressed to
Kate Whitlock, contact details
above. Or you can download an application form here.