The Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, met with a group of RSNO Young Ambassadors from across Scotland to discuss the role of young people in Scotland’s culture sector and accessibility to orchestral music.
The meeting at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, came just one day after the Royal Scottish National Orchestra announced its new 2020:21 Season programme along with news that under 18s will now be able to access free tickets to all RSNO Season concerts.
The Minister was invited to meet with RSNO Young Ambassadors, who were given the opportunity to ask questions about culture issues that matter to them. A lively roundtable discussion in the Usher Hall featured questions on topics such as: the role of young people in promoting orchestral music across Scotland, music tuition in primary and secondary schools, how cultural engagement improves wellbeing, and supporting careers in the arts.
Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, said: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the Young Ambassadors from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and hear first-hand about both what matters to them, and also the contribution they make to the RSNO and to the future of orchestral music in Scotland.
“The RSNO Young Ambassadors scheme is a great chance for young people to engage with classical music and culture, and to highlight opportunities in their communities through local schools, colleges and universities.”
The new RSNO 2020:21 Season celebrates the cultural impact of Scotland’s National Orchestra and shines a light on the vast scope of outreach and engagement work.
RSNO Chief Executive, Alistair Mackie, said: “The Young Ambassadors programme is a great way for the RSNO to engage with young people and hear directly from them about the best ways we can encourage the next generation to have an interest in orchestral music.
“Through our ticket offers, our Young Ambassadors programme, and our education and engagement activity we are actively working to give all young people the opportunity to experience orchestral music regularly.
“We are grateful to the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, for taking the time to meet with these brilliant young people and hear from them about the positive impact music has on their lives and how passionate they are about support for the arts.”
For more information on RSNO concerts and events, visit www.rsno.org.uk