The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) hits the road with Mega Music, its concert series created especially for pupils in Primary 5–7
This year’s Mega Music series will see the RSNO perform the hour-long concert to more than 3000 Scottish schoolchildren over four concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The schools concert series opens up classical music to children with lively pieces and imaginative themes. The Orchestra welcomes leading Scottish music educator Lucy Forde to present this year’s Supersonic programme for the first time. Lucy will use specially made animated slides to guide the schoolchildren through highlights of the orchestral repertoire while introducing them to musical terminology and concepts in a fun way.
All primary pupils attending the concerts are invited to participate in a piece of music on the day, which they rehearse in school in the run up to the event. Composed by acclaimed RSNO presenter Paul Rissmann, the work, entitled Supersonic, inspired the programme and allows the audience to clap and sing along. The RSNO will also treat the schools to excerpts from popular works including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer.
Presenter of Mega Music, Lucy Forde:
I’m really looking forward to working with the wonderful RSNO in this special project aimed at engaging and enthusing school children with orchestral music. It is especially exciting to be able to bring the vitality and energy of a live experience of the RSNO to young people, many of whom will not have seen an orchestra before. To show children how fun music can be and to give them the chance to participate with some of the best musicians in the country is a real joy.
The RSNO’s Mega Music concerts are one strand of a comprehensive programme specially tailored for younger listeners. The Orchestra also offers Maestro Music, concerts specifically designed for secondary school students, and the award-winning Monster Music which caters for pre-school children and, most recently, families with children under five years old.