RSNO Takeover 2014, Day 2: Musicians

RSNO Takeover is an intensive two-day work experience project which took place at the RSNO Centre on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June 2014. The young people who have been working with the RSNO's musicians describe their experiences on the second day of the programme.

Valerie Barr – Wishaw, North Lanarkshire
Today, the young musicians got the chance to play with the professionals. It felt fantastic to be part of a big strong sound and to learn from such inspirational musicians who have great experience of working in the industry. There was a family atmosphere within the orchestra which made everyone feel welcome and included. I hope that the concert sounds as good as the rehearsals!
Seona Glen – Port of Mentieth, Stirling
This morning began with an update where every group heard about what others had been doing the following day. My group (violins, viola and harp) then had a short sectional rehearsal followed by a samba workshop. This was quite different to what I had experienced the previous day, and was a great way of relieving tension and focussing on playing in an ensemble without being tied down to concentrating on difficult notes. For me, the highlight of the day came after lunch with a full orchestral rehearsal with the RSNO. I was delighted to have this opportunity as I would love one day to play in a professional orchestra. I found it an inspiring experience to play alongside the musicians and be carried along by their playing. I’m very excited for the concert tonight!
Rebecca Smith – Linlithgow, West Lothian
We’ve had an amazing two days working with the RSNO! This morning some of the musicians took part in a really useful wind sectional rehearsal. After lunch, we were lucky enough to play in the RSNO orchestra with all the musicians! It was an amazing experience. I loved playing in a professional orchestra in an informal, supportive setting. I found it very interesting to play with the young conductors. I hadn’t realised how much of a difference can be made to the sound of the orchestra by a different conductor. Thank you to the flute section for being so supportive and helpful!
All the young musicians are part of the RSNO's Takeover scheme, arranged by the Learning and Engagement Department. All views expressed by Takeover participants belong to those of the individual and are not representative of the organisation. For more information, visit the RSNO website.