Musical Museum open to nursery kids

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra guides little listeners on tour through the musical journey

Hundreds of nursery and Primary 1 children from Glasgow and Edinburgh experience live orchestral music for the first time this week when the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) presents its A Day at the Museum concerts to young listeners, at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow and at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

In Glasgow, this is the first time the RSNO has performed in the Mitchell Library building since 1962, previously known as the St Andrew’s Hall, which was the first home to Scotland’s national orchestra.

A Day at the Museum, conceived and presented by RSNO Viola Lisa Rourke and tailored to suit the appetites of younger listeners, is a new presentation for children between the ages of 3-6 years old. Excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No6 Pastoral, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dvorak’s New World Symphony are accompanied by new music from RSNO Principal Horn Christopher Gough entitled A Day at the Museum and another brand-new piece, from emerging composer and RSNO Composers’ Hub member Neil Smith called Cyched, which is inspired by bicycles and cycling.

Presented by RSNO Viola Lisa Rourke, the concerts are conducted by RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson and feature colourful, large screen projections and props.

Presenter for the RSNO’s A Day at the Museum, Lisa Rourke: “It’s a joy to welcome our young friends joining us as we take a tour through the colourful exhibits of our musical museum. Each piece of music the musicians play provides a link to a department on our magical tour. In our musical museum we visit exhibits representing animals, books, robots, inventions, space and dinosaurs. For many young listeners this will be the first time they will have heard a symphony orchestra in person, so it’s going to be a very stimulating adventure for us all!”

A Day at the Museum appeared at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow on Tuesday 27 March (10.00am, 11.15am and 13.30pm) and appears at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 March (11.00am and 13.30pm).

The RSNO’s Schools Concerts Programme is supported by: The Scottish Government, The Castansa Trust, The George and Mary Firth Bequest, The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust and The Alma and Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust.