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An exciting competition for young composers aged 12-18 – RSNO

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Notes From Scotland: A national competition for young composers

Attend an afternoon of workshops to gain top composing tips from experts, before submitting a short work for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet.  Whether you’ve been composing for a long time or you are just starting and are interested in learning a little more about compositional techniques, book your place now!

 Notes from Scotland 2019 Flyer

Notes From Scotland – FREE Workshop
Saturday 18th May 2019
13.00 – 17.00
New Auditorium, RSNO Centre, G2 3NX

This workshop is open to all abilities. To sign up for a free place at the workshop afternoon please visit to download the booking form.
(Please note, attendance at the workshop is not compulsory to enter the competition)

Workshop bookings are now open!

Competition entries will be shortlisted and five finalists will have their piece played musicians from the RSNO in a live final on Saturday 22nd June 2018.

Competition entries open 1st May and close 31st May 2019 at 5pm.

For further details please see attached flyer or visit


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Free Rehearsal Space at Scottish Youth Theatre – 16-25 year olds

Open House Thursdays

Turn up – be creative – do your own thing
P.s. its free!

One Thursday night every month, we invite young people aged 16 – 25 to use our Glasgow venue for free, to be creative in their own way. It should be related to the performing arts, so you can rehearse, improvise, experiment across art forms – whatever you choose… just come along!

RSNO 360 Live: Inventions and Innovators – concerts, workshops and resources

Innovative composers and ingenious inventions:
join us as we uncover the hidden secrets of Scotland’s
National Orchestra. From Beethoven’s influential
5th Symphony to Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue, let
your class experience a live symphony orchestra with
music they’ll recognise and love.
With interactive elements throughout, the RSNO
primary schools concerts aim to enrich children’s
understanding of music and are the perfect
introduction to the orchestra for young pupils.

With every booking each school will also receive:
FREE In-school workshop delivered by an
RSNO musician
FREE Teacher training session
FREE Teacher’s resource pack


RSNO 360 Live 2018-19 (RELAXED PERF)

RSNO 360 Live 2018-19

RSNO Young Ambassadors – 16-21 year olds

Are you aged 16-21 and have a passion for all things classical music? We’d love you to join us as one of our RSNO Young Ambassadors for our 18:19 season.

Young Ambassadors are invited to attend forums throughout the season working alongside the RSNO team to debate the direction of youth engagement within classical music.  Ambassadors also gain work experience opportunities, receive free tickets for RSNO concerts and get the chance meet RSNO musicians and conductors.

For further details and for the 18:19 application form visit the RSNO website

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 September 2018

If you have any further questions please contact the RSNO Learning and Engagement team on 0141 225 3584 or email


RSNO Notes From Scotland: A national competition for young composers

Attend an afternoon of workshops, where you can gain top composing tips from experts, before submitting a short work for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet.
Competition entries will be shortlisted and five finalists will have their piece played musicians from the RSNO in a live final on Saturday 1st July, 2018.

Notes From Scotland Workshop
Saturday 2nd June
14.00 – 17.00
New Auditorium, RSNO Centre, G2 3NX

To sign up for a free place at the workshop afternoon please email with your name, age and contact telephone number.

Deadline for entries is Tuesday 19th June 2018.

For further details please see attached flyer or visit

Best wishes,

The RSNO Engage Team

A Day at the Museum RSNO Concerts for nursery and primary 1 pupils

Join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as we take a walk through our favourite museum. Discover new sound worlds as we tiptoe with dinosaurs, marvel at the breath-taking solar system and celebrate new inventions; all alongside the musicians of the RSNO.

RSNO Nursery Concerts 2018_Booking Form

DATES Glasgow Tuesday 27 March, 10.00, 11.15 & 13.30

Edinburgh Wednesday 28 March, 11.00 & 13.30

DURATION Approximately 45 minutes

VENUE Glasgow The Mitchell Theatre, 6 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7DR

Edinburgh Music Hall, The Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

PROGRAMME To include: Beethoven, Dvořak and Mendelssohn

COST Pupils: £4.00 per pupil Staff: FREE

The RSNO is committed to ensuring that every school has the opportunity to attend schools concert.

Financial assistance is available to a select group of schools. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure availability.

For any queries please contact the RSNO Engage team


Free CPD at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Theatre Production Careers Day

Theatre Production Careers Information Day at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday 8 May

Sign up now for a free CPD event at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, tailored especially for Art and Design teachers and Technology teachers who work with pupils interested in a theatre production career.

The day will run from 10am–3.30pm and include a tour of the campus, theatre spaces and production facilities, as well as sessions on career opportunities, and the various theatre production pathways and programmes RCS offers.

There will also be guidance on how teachers can support pupils through their production application and interview processes.

Register now for your free place or, if you have any questions, please contact us at 




Theatre Production Careers Information Day


Monday 8 May, 10am–3.30pm

Free to attend

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 100 Renfrew St Glasgow G2 3DB


Sign up now



Eco Drama Schools Tour 2016/17

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Eco Drama will be touring to schools across Scotland with a  programme of creative learning theatre productions and drama workshops from September 16 to March 17.

Select one of our shows to find out more.   

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For more information contact
Dawn Rawcliffe Schools Coordinator
0141 552 9920 ~ 07982 159 071


Digital Arts CLPL – FREE workshop – music, performance and technologies from Imaginate

Interested in digital arts and working with young people? Look no further. We have two great opportunities for you. Livescore Digital Workshop – 10 Sept (Platform) Lead by the livescore creative team: Greg Sinclair, Neil McGuire, Jassy Earl and Kyle McAslan. There are still places for this free workshop exploring some of the techniques that have been developed and used with young people throughout the livescore project, including:

  • developing performances using instruction scores
  • interacting with various digital technologies in performance
  • creating short performance films

Deadline: Monday 5 September More information here.   As the Crow Flies – 22 Oct (Platform) and 26 Oct (Traverse) Our Livescore project will culminate with a performance of As The Crow Flies. Created by Greg Sinclair and the Livescore creative team with children from Scotland and Belgium, this performance celebrates human connections and differences between individual people in diverse locations and features live music and digital technologies.

The show is suitable for 12+ From point to point, as the crow flies.There’s a man alone on stage in front of you. He’s here to do the performance. But there are also some children on a Scottish island, and some teenagers from Belgium; they want to be a part of the show too. And they have their own ideas about what is going to happen. Booking information: Platform – 22 Oct at 2pm Traverse – 26 Oct at 7.30pm As The Crow Flies is supported by Time to Shine, Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy which is administered by Creative Scotland.

#DareToDream: Invitation to All Schools

We  invite all schools to be a part of our storytelling festival local campaign this year, #DaretoDream. The campaign is an outreach initiative running from September to November, book-ending and running alongside our Scottish International Storytelling Festival (a ten day festival running from Friday 21st—Monday 31st October).

By taking part, your school will be contributing to a Scotland-wide initiative inviting and creating space for children to imagine their personal and collective futures, which in turn will build confidence to begin to make these aspirations and ambitions a reality.

We hope that this initiative is an easy way to progress creative learning in your school community with maximum impact, at the same time creating a positive and inclusive experience for pupils.

“Discover the stories of the past and dream the stories of the future. What are the stories of your local place? What stories would you tell to the world today, from the future of your dreams? Everything created must first be imagined: explore the possible and Dare to Dream!”

The principles of creative learning, active learning and inclusion are embedded in this project. Through dreaming, the liberating power of the imagination is open to everyone – neither language nor disability are barriers to participation. The campaign is relevant to the entire school and to every subject area. Activities will also help meet outcomes in both Literacy and Health and Wellbeing.

Download our Storytelling and creative learning booklet here

In an ever-changing world, we believe that it is vital that children are educated about their role and the value they have in shaping a vibrant and sustainable future. By setting learning in the context of your local school and focusing on issues relevant to your pupils, our #DareToDream campaign provides a great opportunity for you to encourage children to think about their right to participate, empowering and enabling them to become active citizens, both locally and globally. We provide the context for learning and suggest tasks and activities, but there is no limit on where this engaging topic could be taken in the classroom.

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign during the main Scottish International Storytelling Festival. During this period we will make visible all contributions via our online platform. This is an opportunity to showcase your own school’s contribution with the wider community should you so wish in the form of a blog, video, photographs or otherwise.

As part of our social media campaign, we will have a special #DareToDream Day on Thursday 27th October.  On this day, we will encourage every creative citizen in Scotland to share a dream for the future on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the campaign hashtags. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!

#DareToDream   #CuirBrighRiBruadar   #DaurTaeDream


We have made it as simple as possible for teachers to take part, with the options for engaging in more depth should the individual teacher so wish. In a secondary school context, we have suggested a simple activity that could take place in registration class.

Register your school here

Download our #DareToDream Schools Toolkit here

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisations, mental health organisations, artists and storytellers to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website before the end of August.

Please contact Mairi if you have any questions.