Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust

Kate Whitlock, Director

207/4 Telford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2PR

Phone:  07763-973842

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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 and enthusiasm.

SScOT 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 and beyond.  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 nurse.  

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.

Requests for 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.