Category Archives: Music

Dare to Dream

For the Attention of Headteachers, Faculty Heads and All Teachers:

We are aware that creativity is high on the agenda and is part of many School Improvement Plans for the upcoming academic year. For the first time creativity is embedded in HGIOS 4 quality indicators. 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.

Invitation to All Schools:

We invite all schools in Scotland to be a part of our  Dare to Dream  campaign 2016.  The campaign  is an outreach initiative from this year’s  Scottish International Storytelling Festival and will run from September to November.

“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!”

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.

The principles of creative learningactive 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.

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.

How to Take Part:

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.

Our info for teachers can be found on our website under the tab ‘For Teachers.’ This includes a schools’ toolkit and information about how to book a storyteller if you wish.

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisationsmental health organisationsartists and storytellers  to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website when we launch our campaign to the public, the week beginning *Monday 22nd Aug.* Resources will also be available on GLOW.

If you are interested, please register your name, contact, school and postcode by clicking the link below. We will send you an update with links to all resources and materials.

Register your school here

Showcase your school online:

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign for the duration of the main International Festival, from the 21st – 31st November. 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 28th 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 hashtag. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!





Youth Music Initiative Training and Continuing Professional Development Fund

This fund is provided by Youth Music Initiative and administered on their behalf by Scottish Music Centre. £50,000 is available this year.

What is the Purpose of the Fund?

To support individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people. We understand that many music freelancers and organisations may be working with young people both in and out of school settings and so will be eligible to apply.

Follow the link below for the full guidelines:


RSNO CPD opportunity: Playing & teaching timpani with RSNO Principal Timpani Martin Gibson

Saturday 7 May 2016



New Auditorium

RSNO Centre 19 Killermont Street

Glasgow G2 3NX


CPD sessions are £20 per person and include a ticket to your choice of one of the following RSNO season concerts:


Dvorák Cello Concerto: Thu 28 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich Eight: Sun 22 May 2016: 3pm



The Stravinsky Project: Symphony in C: Sat 30 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Rite of Spring: Sat 7 May 2016: 7.30pm



The Stravinsky Project: Symphony in C: Fri 29 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Rite of Spring: Fri 6 May 2016: 7.30pm


For more information or to book, please contact RSNO Engage at or by calling 0141 225 3552.

Gifting Every Child

What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know? What belongs to them regardless of origin, culture or language? Presented in a simple online format incorporating text, audio, video and helpful guidelines, Gifting Every Child provides a manageable and accessible introduction to the traditional arts that can easily be put to use in the classroom, club, community hall or family sitting room.

View or download the resources for free at:

RSNO CLPL Opportunities 2015-16

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

CPD Opportunities 2015-16

 RSNO CPD opportunities 2015-16


Practical ideas for music making with early years (CfE Level E-1)

Perth: Thu 11 Feb 2016: 12.30-2.30pm

Conducting / leading a school ensemble

Glasgow: Tue 26 Jan 2016: 4-6pm


An introduction to playing / teaching timpani

Glasgow: Sat 7 May 2016: 3.30-5.30pm


CPD sessions are £20 per person and include a ticket to your choice of one of the following RSNO season concerts:



Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto: Thu 25 Feb 2016: 7.30pm

Dvorák Cello Concerto: Thu 28 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

Oundjian Conducts Shostakovich Eight: Sun 22 May 2016: 3pm



Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto: Thu 11 Feb 2016: 7.30pm



Oundjian Conducts The Sea: Sat 20 Feb 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Symphony in C: Sat 30 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Rite of Spring: Sat 7 May 2016: 7.30pm



Oundjian Conducts The Sea: Fri 19 Feb 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Symphony in C: Fri 29 Apr 2016: 7.30pm

The Stravinsky Project: Rite of Spring: Fri 6 May 2016: 7.30pm



For more information or to book, please contact RSNO Engage at or by calling 0141 225 3552.

RSNO Young Ambassadors needed – 16-18 years – from every Local Authority

As an RSNO Young Ambassador youRSNO Young Ambassador you

can attend concerts for free and meet the

musicians and conductors. You

will also be on an advisory board to

discuss how the RSNO engages young

people in orchestral music and debate

current, relevant issues for the RSNO.

You don’t need to play an instrument

to take part in this scheme – we’re

looking for anyone who’s passionate

about making a difference to the

music scene in Scotland.

If you’re interested in becoming an

RSNO Young Ambassador, visit


to find out more and to download an

application form.

Closing date is

Thursday 17 September 2015.

You must be available for the interview

and induction day in Glasgow on

Saturday 19 September 2015


for a special project on

Saturday 3 and

Sunday 4 October 2015




RSNO Application Form 15-16


Young Amb Takeover 2016-web

Aged 15-25 in the Renfrewshire area? Creative Industries Programme

RSNO Paisley Takeover


Interested in a career in the arts or creative industries? Aged 15 – 25 and live or study in the Renfrewshire area? Then this is for you!


Takeover is an intensive employability programme open to anyone living or studying in the Renfrewshire area aged 15 – 25 years. This project is being run as part of the Paisley City of Culture 2021 Bid.

We’re looking for around 60 young people to work across the departments of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) to produce a public concert as part of The Spree festival.


Opportunities will exist across all aspects of the organisation. For those over 18 there are places available in marketing, development, learning and engagement, artistic planning, presentation & operations, conducting and performing as a musician in the orchestra.

School pupils can apply to learning & engagement, conducting and as a musician in the orchestra.


For more information on the types of roles within the RSNO, please see our Careers Booklet.


The opportunity to participate is free but you must be available on the dates outlined below.


To participate, please download, complete and return an application form to or post to:


RSNO Paisley Takeover

Town Centres Events and Projects Team

Renfrewshire House

Cotton Street




Application forms can be downloaded from the RSNO website:


Key dates for Paisley Takeover 2015 for school pupils:

What Date Who Venue
Closing date for applications 31 August All applicants n/a
Interview date 25 Aug & 3 Sep All applicants Renfrewshire House
Induction morning – TBC 5 September All participants Paisley Grammar
Concert 12 & 13 October All participants Paisley Town Hall
Learning and Engagementworkshops 5 – 9 October &12-15 October Only those involved in the L&E department Schools across Paisley& The Spiegeltent at The Spree
Musician rehearsals 26 September, 3 & 10 October Only those who are playing in the orchestra Paisley Abbey

Download the PDF here: RSNO Paisley Takeover

Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools is launching

As you may know already, last year BBC Music and Learning created a ground-breaking initiative designed to open up the world of classical music in a fresh and exciting way to a generation of children and inspire their creativity.  Ten Pieces is the BBC’s biggest investment in music education and was launched last autumn with a spectacular cinematic film for Primary school children introducing them to 10 pieces of classical music.


After such a huge success in more than 11,000 primary schools, we will be ready with another set of Ten Pieces for secondary schools in the new academic year.  The new repertoire is really exciting for the 11-14 age-group and there are many ways that students can respond creatively to these ten pieces.


The BBC is collaborating with more than 250 Ten Pieces Champions across the UK, including Music Education Hubs and Music Services, Bridges, local orchestras, film, dance and other arts organisations all working with schools to deliver music and arts education.


Starting with special screenings in cinemas across the country and ending with a major celebratory event in Summer 2016 – Ten Pieces Secondary will open up the world of classical music to children and encourage them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance, performance poetry, coding, or digital art.


The new Ten Pieces film will be shown in cinemas from 5th October.  It will feature performances of all the Ten Pieces by the BBC Philharmonic, alongside presentation from the likes of actor Christopher Eccleston, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, rapper & comedian Doc Brown, singer Pixie Lott, ex-footballer Dion Dublin, poet & author Lemn Sissay, star of “Wolfblood” Bobby Lockwood and TV presenters James May & Naomi Wilkinson.   You can sign up here to see the film at the cinema, but please make sure to book your free seats asap to avoid disappointment.


The BBC will also be providing a free DVD for every secondary school – which you can order now – as well as lesson plans, downloadable audio files of the repertoire (including backing tracks), arrangements of the pieces for mixed ability groups, inspirational masterclass films, composer profiles, Ten Pieces Extra films (exploring the music and the living composers in more depth), cross-curricular resources, music tech resources and performance guides. There’s more to explore here, and the resources will start to appear on the website over the course of the summer, and will all be in place by 1st September.


It would be great to have you and your students on board for the very exciting second phase of the Ten Pieces project!


If you require any further information please contact me directly or the Ten Pieces team at

What Fèisgoil can do for you

A chàirdean chòire,


Tha bileag co-cheangailte le fiosrachadh mu na seirbheisean a dh’fhaodadh Fèisgoil a thabhann dhuibh.  Ma tha tuilleadh fiosrachaidh a dhìth oirbh, no nam bu mhiann leibh còmhradh mu phrògram no pròiseact, bhitheamaid gu math toilichte cluinntinn bhuaibh.


Attached is a leaflet outlining some of the services Fèisgoil can offer.  We would be very happy to hear from you should you require further information, of if you would like to discuss a project or programme that we could deliver  for you.

Fèisgoil Flyer

Fèisgoil can help deliver your objectives whether you are involved in 1+2 Language Learning and wish to include Gaelic, or whether you wish to enhance your GLPS provision.  If you have measures to deliver within a Gaelic Language Plan or if you want to expand traditional music provision, we would be happy to discuss your requirements and the costs of bespoke delivery.


Leis gach deagh dhùrachd

Arthur Cormack

Arthur Cormack


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