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Jul 11 - 16 2022


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Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust Summer Course 2022

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Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust is excited to start planning our Summer Residential Course for 2022, which will take place 11-16 July at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane.

We hope that by then we’ll be able to enjoy ourselves as normal, but of course your health and safety is our top priority so you can rest assured that anything we plan will take place in line with Covid-19 preventions in place.

Applications will open early in the new year and opening dates will be announced here and via our social media channels and newsletter.

About the course

A holiday like no other – Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust’s summer courses are a unique opportunity for children to make friends, expand their musical horizons and develop a love of group music-making which will last a lifetime.

SScOT’s summer residential course is a non-auditioned, six-day activity holiday including a mixture of outstanding musical teaching, sport and art sessions, and social activities.

Participants will be placed in one of our three ensembles, who they will rehearse with throughout the week, preparing for our final concerts at the end of the course. Led by inspirational conductors, and supported by exceptional instrumental tutors, participants will find motivation and enthusiasm for music-making that lasts throughout the year, as well as making new friends and growing in self-confidence.

I enjoyed everything! My badminton improved as much as my cello playing! – 2017 participant

Who can take part?

The summer course is open to any child aged 9-15, who plays an orchestral or wind band instrument at grade 2 to grade 8 level and beyond. There are no auditions.

What will they play?

Participants will be placed within one of three ensembles.

  • More advanced players will join the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe, playing a mix of well- known classical masterpieces and lesser known arrangements. Recent programmes have included works by Dvořák, Bizet, Malcolm Arnold, and even new works written specially for SScOT. Repertoire for 2019 included the overture to Nabucco by Verdi, Malcolm Arnold’s Little Suite No.2 and movements from Bizet’s Carmen Suites.
  • Younger players will join the Junior String Orchestra, conducted by Joanna Petrie, or the Wind Band, conducted by Susan Dingle, where they will learn music chosen to challenge them at their own level – often including film music and folk music.

There will be an opportunity for musicians of all ages to play together at various points in the week – the Symphonic Wind Band, Brass Ensemble and String Orchestra contain all players of the relevant instruments. Finally, every participant on the course will play together in the Grand Orchestra, whose performance is always the grand finale of our end-of-course concerts.

I felt really well supported when I was learning the music. This was the biggest orchestra I’ve played in and it felt awesome! – 2017 participant

What is the timetable like?

Our timetables are varied, but will always include a mix of sectional rehearsals, ensemble rehearsals, sport or art sessions and an evening entertainment – ranging from concerts to ceilidhs and beyond! There will be an open day on the Thursday of the course when parents and siblings will be invited to visit their children and see the course in progress.

When are the final concerts?

Final concerts take place at 2.45pm and 4.45pm on the final Saturday of the course at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for school children.

Words always fail me when I witness what has been achieved in a week. It’s astounding.” – Parent of 2017 participant

What does it cost?

Course costs for 2022 will be advertised in due course.

How to apply

Application is by online form. A link will be posted here once applications open.


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  • Date: Jul 10 - 16 2022
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