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 16th until Saturday July 21st 2018 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.

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.  

The final concerts will take place at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Saturday July 21st, starting at 2.45 and 4.45.  There will be two distinct programmes and each participant will perform in both concerts.  Tickets will be available from the Carnegie Hall in advance and on the day.

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 will be available early in 2018 and will automatically be sent to former participants at any of SScOT's activities who still fall within the age range.  Enquiries about any of SScOT's activities, should be addressed to Kate Whitlock, contact details above. 

Watch this space for further details.