Projects from 2013 - 2014

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991. Throughout its proud history, the Orchestra has played an important part in Scotland's musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004 and many renowned conductors have contributed to its success.

The RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team deliver progressive participatory music-making activities across Scotland, from Selkirk to Shetland, working with all ages and abilities. With a programme of activity available for newborns and onwards, the team are committed to delivering the highest quality workshops as well as nurturing and developing new talent. From schools and nursery concerts, to community workshops and annual residencies during which the Orchestra embeds itself at the centre of Scottish communities, the team connects the Orchestra, its music and musicians with the people of Scotland.


Between August 2013 and August 2014, I worked freelance for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Learning and Engagement department as their first co-ordinator based within a local area and I had a specific responsibility for fostering the RSNO's relationships with schools and communities in Dundee.

Over my 12-month appointment I was involved in a number of projects, the highlights of which included:

  • I co-produced a brand new classical music festival for the city called SpingFest, resulting in a programme of over 20 events for all ages
  • I worked alongside a local secondary school to produce a tea dance in their local community. The tea dance involved pupils, teachers and community groups, musicians from the RSNO and a dance company who specialise in demonstrating and teaching vintage dance routines, and was inspired by the music, poetry and stories of World War One. As part of this, pupils composed their own original scores in collaboration with RSNO musicians and then performed alongside members of the Orchestra at the tea dance
  • I also worked on the RSNO's first Takeover event, which saw 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 18 spend two days working in various departments of the organisation and culminated with a concert where many of the young people played alongside members of the Orchestra, conducted in part by two of the young people