RSNO announce online Community Orchestra

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is calling on budding orchestral players across Scotland to take part in a new online community orchestra.

Beginner musicians are being invited to join All Together Now, a digital music-making experience, involving workshops, learning opportunities and the chance to create music with Scotland’s National Orchestra. Members will have the opportunity to meet RSNO musicians and special guests as well as connecting with each other through fortnightly zoom sessions.

All Together Now, from the RSNO Community Orchestra, will culminate with a major recording project next Spring to celebrate the power of participating in music.

Applications are open to musicians of all ages, with players from Grades 1 to 4 encouraged to sign-up and give the sessions a try.

Participants will take part in fortnightly Sunday afternoon video calls and are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can. Musicians will also be required to have their chosen instrument already, as well as a mobile, computer or tablet device which can connect to online video conferencing.

Head of Learning & Engagement at the RSNO, Laura Baxter, said: “We are so proud to be bringing the RSNO Community Orchestra safely back together online. ‘All Together Now’ gives us the chance to build and strengthen our bonds of friendship and community through music. While nothing can replace meeting and playing together in person, our online activity will keep us all connected.

“We want to encourage musicians from all over Scotland to join in with our first ever online Community Orchestra. And with RSNO members joining in sessions over the coming months, this is a great opportunity to learn tips and tricks from some of the best orchestral players in the world.”

RSNO Community Orchestra member, pianist David Heft, said: “I am thrilled that the RSNO Community Orchestra is coming back together online. Being part of this Orchestra has been incredibly important to me and has made such a difference to my life. I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the RSNO and with other musicians through ‘All Together Now’ and seeing what is possible for us all through this new, online format!”

Interested musicians are asked to complete a sign-up form found at https://www.rsno.org.uk/engage/community-orchestra/. Sessions begin Sunday 30 August.