Next event - 21 February 2021

Following the huge success of our Virtual Play Away Day in November we’ll be following up with another event on 21 February 2021. This time we’re going Transatlantic, with the American jazz standard Little Brown Jug, then back to Europe with Johann Strauss II’s idyllic waltz By the Beautiful Blue Danube. Please note that booking for this event is now closed.

How will it work?

The Virtual Play Away Day is a workshop led by our experienced tutors, conducted via Zoom, and is open to anyone playing a string or wind band instrument at grade 2+ and aged 16 or under.

We’ll meet online at 10am and the session will run until 12.30pm (with breaks!). During that time we’ll have a warm up together and get to know both pieces. We’ll break into smaller sectionals to work on any tricky bits, come back to take part in the SScOT Quiz – a crucial part of any Play Away Day! – and then have a final play through all together.

Who can come?

The Virtual Play Away Day is open to any child aged under 16 who plays a string or wind band instrument. We recommend a minimum level of grade 2, though please bear in mind there will be less individual support available than there is at our in-person Play Away Days – participants should be reasonably confident sight-reading and playing along with a recording.

What does it cost?

The cost of the workshop is £10 per participant. We welcome multiple children from individual families but please ensure you register each child separately to ensure you receive the correct music. 

Financial support is available for those who are unable to pay for the session. Please contact

Who will be teaching?

The team for the workshop will be Susan Dingle (brass), Katrina Gordon (wind), Joanna Petrie (upper strings) and Shelagh Fuller (lower strings) – all familiar faces to those who have attended our Play Away Days before. But if you haven’t, we’re looking forward to meeting you!

When will I get the music?

The deadline for signing up is Sunday 14 February. Full joining details and music will be sent out in the week leading up to the event.

How to sign up

Booking for this event is now closed. 

If you have any queries please contact Kate on

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