Primary pupils discover musical innovations with new concert series

Scotland’s National Orchestra bring RSNO 360 Live to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee

Composers who changed the musical landscape are the focus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new concerts for Primary Schools pupils, which begin next month.


RSNO 360 LIVE: Inventions and Innovators, a tailor-make concert, presented by musician and broadcaster Tom Redmond and conducted by recently appointed RSNO Assistant Conductor Junping Qian, explores the composers who pioneered new styles, techniques and themes, from Beethoven and his revolutionary 5th Symphony to Johann Sebastian Bach’s virtuosic Toccata and Fugue. The P3 to P5 pupils will experience a live symphony orchestra with music they may already be familiar with but may not have experienced live. The concerts also feature interactive elements to help pupils engage with the music and aim to enrich their concert-going experience.


Prior to each concert every school planning to attend will receive a visit from up to two RSNO musicians, where they will introduce their instruments to the class and further explore the musical concepts in preparation for their visit.


Free teacher training sessions introduce the music and concepts of RSNO 360 LIVE and highlight how best to use the resources from the teachers pack in the classroom. The resource pack includes a guide to the Orchestra, Q&As, fact files for each piece featured in the concert and creative activities for the classroom linking to other areas of the curriculum.


Presenter of RSNO 360 LIVE: Inventions and Innovators Tom Redmond: “I’m really looking forward to presenting this year’s RSNO 360 concerts for schools, across Scotland. Hearing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life, and to hear it side by side with music by Mahler, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Bingham and Bach is, I think, something that will stay in the mind's of 1000s of young people for a very long time to come.”

Samantha Campbell, Head of Learning and Engagement: “We’re delighted to be welcoming primary school pupils into concert halls across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee this November and December.  The buzz and excitement that fills the venues when the auditorium is full of school children is infectious!  For many of the young listeners this will be the first time they will have heard a full symphony orchestra live in action, and with interactive elements throughout the concert it is the perfect introduction.  Music can have an incredible impact on children’s attainment at all levels of education, and so it’s fantastic to bring these projects to school children across Scotland.”

RSNO 360 LIVE: Inventions and Innovators appears at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Monday 12 November (1.00pm), the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 15 November (10.30am and 1.30pm) and at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Tuesday 4 December (1.30pm). There is also a relaxed performance (designed to support audiences with a range of additional needs) held at the RSNO Centre, Glasgow on Wednesday 14 November (10.30am). Each concert lasts approximately one hour.

RSNO 360 LIVE: Inventions and Innovators is supported by The Stevenston Charitable Trust, The Leng Charitable Trust, The Northwood Charitable Trust, The Tillyloss Trust, The Balgay Children's Society, Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust, The McGlashan Charitable Trust, The Castansa Trust, Jean and Roger Miller's Charitable Trust, The City Charitable Trust, New Park Educational Trust, The Hugh Fraser foundation
The Educational Institute of Scotland, and the Foyle Foundation.

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