RSNO to visit Stranraer pupils

Primary 7s across Stranraer are set to add a new string to their bow before heading off to secondary school next year, with a bit of help from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The RSNO comes to Stranraer Academy on Tuesday 29 October to work with 150 Primary 7 and Secondary 1 pupils in a specially tailored day of activities using music to explore the transition from Primary to Secondary School.

A group of seven musicians from the Orchestra will be joined by presenter and singer Lucy Drever and RSNO Assistant Conductor Junping Qian.

The RSNO team will guide pupils through a full morning of workshops and activities followed by an afternoon performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier's Tale (L'Histoire du Soldat).

The visit also includes a teacher’s resource pack containing bespoke lesson plans linked to the music explored within the day’s concert programme, which can be used in the classroom with minimal preparation time.

Samantha Campbell, Head of Learning and Engagement at the RSNO, said: “We are thrilled to be coming to Stranraer as part of our RSNO Schools concert programme, and are looking forward to a packed day of activity with pupils there.

“We are bringing an excellent group of professional musicians from our Orchestra who will use their performances to help Primary 7 pupils learn more about music and hopefully inspire them to connect with Secondary 1 pupils ahead of transitioning to high school next year.

“At the RSNO we aim to engage with as many young people across Scotland as we can, especially with programmes like this one which can use music to explore times of major transition and change in their school lives.”

For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk