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Fostering Tradition: Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections enrich young lives with Scottish Music

Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections Education Partnership

In a significant collaboration, Glasgow CREATE, an initiative by Glasgow Education Services, has partnered with Celtic Connections to offer a unique musical experience to all Primary 7 children in Glasgow. This project, supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative Formula Fund, aims to develop the musical skills of learners and foster an appreciation for Scottish traditional music, providing an inclusive experience for all.

Approximately 5897 children from Glasgow Primary and ASN Primary schools will participate in a series of six progressive workshops led by professional Celtic musicians, spanning the themes of traditional Scottish Stepdance, Scots song, Gaelic song, bodhrán, tin whistle, pipe band drumming, chanter, and fiddle. Aligned with Curriculum for Excellence and the Glasgow CREATE Framework for Expressive Arts, these workshops will be tailored to enhance the transition of learners to secondary education.

Led by experienced Celtic singers and musicians, and these workshops offer practical music skills and instil a sense of pride and connection to Scottish cultural traditions through access to engaging and high-quality music learning experiences. The initiative underscores Glasgow’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and providing valuable opportunities for its young people.

As part of the Celtic Connections festival in 2024, young people and teachers from schools across Scotland are invited to attend free concerts at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, featuring performances by professional Celtic, traditional, and world music artists. These concerts provide an enriching musical experience and serve as an introduction to live music for many children.

This collaboration expands the reach of the Celtic Connections festival’s Education Programme, providing more young individuals with the chance to engage in enjoyable and quality music-making experiences. Through this initiative, Glasgow CREATE and Celtic Connections are encouraging musical aspirations, fostering cultural pride, and building the foundation for a new generation of musicians.

Flyer describing the launch of Glasgow Schools' Youth Theatre

Glasgow Schools’ Youth Theatre

Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre is BACK! GSYT is open to all pupils in S1-6 in Glasgow’s secondaries, regardless of experience. We will be based in the Gaelic School in Finnieston with rehearsals taking place on Tuesday evenings. For more info & to sign up click here 🎭

Glasgow CREATE Christmas Concerts 2023

Dear Parent, Carer,

Glasgow CREATE Schools’ Christmas Concerts 2023

The 2023 Showcase Christmas Concerts will take place in City Halls on Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th December at 19.30.

The Chamber Concerts will take place on Saturday 9th December at 1100-1200, and 12.15-13.15

Ensembles will perform on the following days and times:

Monday 4th December
Symphonic Wind Band
String Orchestra
Choir (Junior & Senior)
Percussion Ensemble

Concert Arrangements Monday 5th December – Concert 19.30pm
GSSO should arrive at 16.00 for rehearsal, all remaining performers should arrive at 17.15 for stage setup and a final seating rehearsal.
Performers should enter via the Stage Door on Albion Street where they will be directed to their dressing room. They will then be escorted to the Grand Hall for a rehearsal. All performers will be supervised from this point until the end of the performance by GES Staff.
There will be time between the end of the rehearsal and the start of the concert for a meal break, so please bring a packed tea and bottled water to drink.

Tuesday 5th December
Concert Band
String Sinfonia
Chamber Choir
Senior Brass

Concert Arrangements for Tuesday 5th December – Concert 19.30pm
GSSO should arrive at 16.00, all remaining performers should arrive at 17.15 for stage setup and a final seating rehearsal.

All other arrangements for the concert are as per the Monday concert.

Saturday 9th December 11.00-12.00, 12.15 – 13.15pm – Chamber Concerts

11.00 12.15
Junior Brass String Ensemble
Flute Choir Guitar Ensemble
Clarinet Choir Intermezzo Strings
Saxophone Ensemble Piano Solos
Piano Solos

Concert Arrangements for Saturday 9th December
All performers should arrive at 09.30 for rehearsal and concert set up.
Performers should enter via the Stage Door on Albion Street where they will be directed to their dressing room. They will then be escorted to the Recital Room for rehearsal and set up. All performers will be supervised from 09.30 until the end of the performance by GES Staff.
There will be time between the end of the rehearsal and the start of the concert for a break, so please bring a snack and bottled water to drink.

End of Concert Arrangements
All performers should be collected at the end of the concerts (approximately 21.20 on the 4th and 5th December and approximately 13.15 on 9th December) from Albion Street entrance.

Concert Wear

Black collared shirt, with CREATE tie ( this will be provided on the day of performance)
Black trousers (not jeans) or long skirt
Black socks/tights and black smart shoes (not trainers)

Tickets for concerts on 4th and 5th December will go on public sale on Monday 6th November, Chamber Concert tickets will go on sale Monday 13th November and can be purchased online, or from the Box Office in City Halls and also at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Patrons can also purchase tickets by phoning the ticket line on 0141 353 8000. When purchasing tickets please ensure you ask for tickets for the Glasgow Schools’ Christmas Concerts with exact date your child is performing.

Monday 4th Tickets –

Tuesday 5th Tickets –

Saturday 9th 11am Tickets –

Saturday 9th 12.15pm Tickets –

Please note that all concerts are public events and that GES have no control over the sale/distribution of tickets – tickets for all concerts will be sold on a first come first served basis. Previous concerts have sold out in a matter of days so please ensure you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please do not hesitate to contact Pamela Black, ESO on 07387231777 should you require any further information.

Yours sincerely,
Louise Hamilton
Quality Improvement Officer – Creativity and Expressive Arts


CREATE Standards & Quality Report 2022-23

CREATE Standards & Quality Report 2022-23

We are delighted to share our Standards and Qualities Report for session 2022 – 2023 which highlights the variety of high quality, exciting initiatives and opportunities which our service provides, across all of Glasgow City Council Primary and Secondary Schools. Since CREATE was established in 2016 our journey supporting all areas of Expressive Arts has been incredible. The commitment from our staff and young people is second to none, which helps make Glasgow CREATE the wonderful, forward thinking, creative and inspiring service it is today. The immense range of wonderful partnerships across many creative industries, theatres, museums, universities and colleges has allowed our children and young people to access wider opportunities and in many instances, support future career choices. We are committed to the power of the Expressive Arts in developing our children and young people’s health and well being, which is transferrable across all areas of the curriculum and helps to develop the young workforce. We are immensely proud of all our staff and young people and the strong, positive, lasting relationships are a real strength and are tangible across all aspects of our service.

Glasgow CREATE invites educators, parents, and the wider community to access the full report to gain a deeper understanding of the positive impact that expressive arts and creativity can have on the development of Glasgow’s children and young people.


CREATE Standards & Quality Report 2022-23


Early Years & Primary Music CLPL


Due to planned industrial action we have re-scheduled all CLPL sessions due to take place on 26th-28th September. If you have signed up on CPD manager for Early Level Music & Phonological Awareness your booking will be valid on the re-scheduled date. Dates for re-scheduled First Level sessions are TBC.

📣 🎶 We have some great Early Years & Primary Music CLPL opportunities coming up for staff across the city. Check the CLPL page on our Teachers Resources site to find out more.

Creativity in Education: Glasgow

Creativity in Education: Glasgow is a website which has been developed by Glasgow CREATE in partnership with Apple, and is dedicated to highlighting the talent and creativity taking place in teaching and learning across Glasgow City Council. It’s a platform for showcasing best practice with colleagues, and a space for teachers to share curriculum aligned creative lesson plans. We launched the website in June 2023 alongside a new social media account @CreativitylnEdu to promote the resources, engage teachers and encourage participation. This will be bolstered in the upcoming session by offering CLPL around the resource, partnering with the RTC, adding a tile to glow launchpads and expanding the number of lessons available on the website.

To add the site to your glow launchpad, follow the steps outlined in the video below.

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City Orchestras & Bands Now Recruiting

Welcome Back

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our FREE city groups, orchestras and ensembles, which will be starting back in just a few weeks time. You can find out more details of our various groups and sign up here. 

We look forward to welcoming returning members and meeting our newest members very soon.


Highland Cathedral Premiere

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday 1st June, at 9.30am for the premiere of our YMI 20th Anniversary project, Highland Cathedral.

2023 is a very special year, as we celebrate twenty years of Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative. We invited primary schools from all over Glasgow to take part and we were overwhelmed by the response to this project. #YMusicMatters #YMIScotland

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Scottish Young Musicians 2023

Well done to Caleb Reid from Hillpark Secondary School, who delivered a fantastic performance representing Glasgow in the recent Scottish Young Musicians competition. The competitions are open to every school student in Scotland who sings or plays an instrument, and you can enter as a soloist or an ensemble. Keep an eye out on our website for details of the next competition in 2024. Find out more by visiting