RSNO launches digital Summer Camp for children to enjoy across the school holidays

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is set to launch a special digital Summer Camp for children and families to enjoy across the school holidays.

Running for six weeks throughout July and August, the programme will include entertaining and educational musical activities, fun challenges, and concert experiences suitable for children of all ages to enjoy at home.

Each week is themed to engage with a different age-group, with activities available for babies and nursery-aged children, right through to older children and teenagers. All activities are free to enjoy and can be accessed via the RSNO’s website.

Highlights across the programme include Tara the Tugboat, a family-friendly concert perfect for young children, following the adventures of tugboat Tara on the River Clyde; Gaspard’s Foxtrot, a digital concert experience for primary-aged children, featuring the popular children’s book character, Gaspard the Fox; special resources for young musicians including concerts, practice resources, and instrument guides perfect for late-primary and secondary-aged children; and brand-new activities that focus on music and wellbeing, including interviews with musicians and family-friendly singing sessions

The programme beings on Monday 5 July with the #RSNOchallenge, a fun series of musical challenges that can be enjoyed by all the family. A new set of activities will be published each week, and a member of the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team will be online every Monday between 10am and 11am to answer any questions, offer advice and engage with participating families.

Summer Camp features a mix of brand-new activities, alongside digital programmes and resources specially created by the RSNO for schools during the pandemic, which will now be available to enjoy by families at home for the very first time.

During the pandemic, the RSNO has made connecting with young people a priority, creating a wealth of new digital materials and resources for children of all ages to enjoy, across a year of disrupted learning. To date, online activities and programmes made available to schools and families have reached over 76,000 children, across every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

RSNO Director of Learning & Engagement Andrew Stevenson added: ‘Music plays a vital role in meeting children’s learning and developmental needs, providing a means of self-expression, as well as being a source of enjoyment and communication. It has been really important for us to stay connected with children and families throughout the pandemic. To date, this has largely been through digital programmes specially created for schools, so I am thrilled that we’re now able to open up these resources for free to children across Scotland and beyond. I hope that they enjoy a music-filled school holiday at our Summer Camp.’

Further information about the RSNO’s Summer Camp, including details of how to access activities, can be found at rsno.org.uk/summercamp.

The RSNO gratefully acknowledges support from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. ‘Summer Camp’ is coordinated by the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement department, whose work is generously supported by Witherby Publishing Group Charitable Trust and by individual L&E Patrons