Category Archives: Music

Silent Movie Project: Live Orchestral Performance by North and South Lanarkshire students

‘IT’ Silent Movie project original music by Patrick Doyle


As part of an exciting Creative Industries event, the iconic silent film IT starring Clara Bow will be finding a voice thanks to leading film composer, Patrick Doyle and a live orchestra of 23 students from North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Patrick Doyle, who hails from Lanarkshire, has been the inspiration for this project and is keen to promote the opportunities that the world of Film and TV can provide for young people.


“It was extremely important to me that young Scottish people will be performing in the Scottish and European premier of IT. I come from South Lanarkshire, which gave me tremendous musical opportunities that I have built upon throughout my film composing career. Hopefully the IT project with inspire this new generation.”


Patrick Doyle’s work includes Harry Potter- The Goblet of Fire, Thor, Brave and, most recently, Cinderella. This will be the Scottish and European premier of Patrick’s original score commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2013.


The evening performances of IT will be taking place on the 17th and 18th June at Hamilton Townhouse as part of a two-day joint North and South Lanarkshire project in conjunction with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and funded by Creative Scotland.

The Creative Industries event will welcome S5/6 students from North and South Lanarkshire schools who will receive seminars from a variety of creative professionals with credits including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.


The young performers have been rehearsing over the past few months with Patrick, learning what it is like to play for a film and the complexities that this involves. It is hoped that this project as the beginning of an ongoing programme in schools.


“My aim is not only for the project to be an inspiration for the young musicians involved in the orchestra but to our wider audiences of young people at the evening performances and in our Creative Industries event workshops presented by our host of internationally successful guests.”


“If I can do it do, so can they.”


Tickets available directly from Hamilton Town House 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6HH 01698 452299

Big Big Sing Concerts

Find out about the latest Big Big Sing concerts around Scotland here:

Come and join us for an afternoon packed full of song, smiles and laughter at…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sat 16 May 12 – 5pm Book here
Edinburgh Usher Hall Sun 17 May 12 – 5pm Book here
Aberdeen Music Hall Sat 30 May 12 – 5pm Book here
Dundee Caird Hall Sun 31 May 12 – 5pm Book here

Tickets are just £5 and free to concessions (U16s, Students, Senior Citizens, Unwaged)

Imaginate Festival – dance for early learning and 6+

With less than 4 weeks to go until this year’s Imaginate Festival, we thought you may like to know a little bit more about some of the gems we have in store for you and your family and, as always, the rare opportunity to see some of the best international theatre and dance performances made especially for young audiences. From Denmark The Gold Digger from Teatret Møllen (for 10 + years) Laced with live blue-grass music, songs and stories, The Gold Digger tells the tale of urban legend, Laust Eriksen and his fellow gold diggers who travel to America in search of gold and the dream of a better life.

  • “The Gold Digger is a performance you will want to see twice.” Jydske Vestkysten

From the Netherlands

Dream City (Droomstad) from De Dansers (for 6 + years) De Dansers excel in creating the most stunning and invigorating dance and live music. Join them for a roller-coaster ride of a show that will have you bouncing in your seat!

  • “A fabulous, exciting and fast-moving mix of rock concert and dance performance” Panopikum Festival Nurnberg

And from Scotland We Dance, wee groove from Stillmotion A dance experience like no other for 6 months – 5 year olds. Made especially for the very young dancer (and we all know one of those), take the floor with your own special moves as you join the musical journey around the world and into space. Think Salsa meets Hip-Hop, think Scotland meets space…

  • “We Dance, wee groove is crammed with all kinds of motivational/developmental stuff that tots thrive on, what makes it a winner is the feel good factor that it uncorks…” The Herald

Hup from Starcatchers and RSNO A relaxed and comfortable performance made especially for babies, Hup features a quirky quartet of playful musicians creating an enchanting classical music experience for 0 – 2 year olds and their families.

  • “The shows are not about creating mini-Mozarts or baby Bachs of the future, but are about boosting early child development and close bonding” STV News


So, if you have a blossoming dancer or musician in your family, why not give their imagination wings and join us for some of the best dance and music Europe has to offer! But, hurry as tickets are selling fast! Tickets are available from the Traverse Theatre Box Office: 0131 228 1404 or at For more information on the full programme on offer, including trailers, click here. We look forward to welcoming you to the Imaginate Festival 2015 and hope you have a wonderful time! Best wishes The Imaginate Team

Big Big Sing: new songs and launch of the Choir Doctor

It’s an exciting day for Big Big Sing: new songs, our annual report and the launch of the Choir Doctor! We can’t wait to tell you all about it…

We’ve just added 5 new songs to the Big Big Songbook, and we’re sure you’re going to love them. These new songs celebrate iconic female singers and songwriters and with gospel to folk, world, pop and roots there’s something for everyone. Listen (and sing along) here.

ANNUAL REPORT Our annual report is up online. We’ve told the story of our first Big Big year and packed it full of wonderful photos and quotes from Big Big singers – take a look, you may spot yourself! We’ve also included information on an innovative research project we’ve got planned, based on our belief in the power of singing to change lives. View it here.

CHOIR DOCTOR The Choir Doctor a national educational initiative, specially designed by us to help you keep your community choirs healthy and happy. Over the next 6 months we’ll be releasing lots of fab resources for you to access online for free but we need YOUR help to make them. We’re looking for 4 choirs to star in films alongside our Choir Doctors. Interested? Sign up here.

We’re looking forward to singing the new songs with you at our upcoming events, next up – London’s Southbank Centre on 5 April. And it’s FREE! Don’t forget to get your tickets for Big Big Sing Days at: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 16 May Edinburgh Usher Hall, 17 May Aberdeen Music Hall, 30 May Dundee Caird Hall, 31 May

See you there, Big Big Sing Team

Imaginate Festival & Delegate regestration is now open!

Why register?

This year, you must register as a delegate in order to book your tickets from our Festival and delegate events programme and to be included in the delegate manual. For more information and to download the full festival and delegate events programme, click here.   Registration gives you:

  • Priority booking opportunities across the whole Festival programme.
  • Access to all the free delegate-only event.
  • The Imaginate Festival delegate manual.

All performances, events (and transport) are ticketed and subject to availability. Early booking is recommended, so register now in preparation for on sale day. Tickets are available to registered delegates from Monday 9 March at 12 noon. Best wishes The Imaginate team

Schools/Groups booking is open now.

The school performance programme is made available to schools for booking in advance of the public programme on sale date and also offers FREE performances of award-winning theatre from the UK for schools that do not have the resources to independently support visits to the Festival.

Here is the full link to the full information pages:


Notes from Scotland – composition competition

A new national composition competition for 12 – 18 year olds from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and National Trust for Scotland.

“This is a fantastic idea to engage young people in composition and to bring them together with existing composers and musicians to pass on their knowledge and skills. I’m sure it will be an invaluable experience for all concerned.”

Craig Armstrong, Composer (The Great Gatsby, Romeo +Juliet, Moulin Rouge)

Get your entries in now for feedback from Scotland’s most famous composers.

Compositions should be for trio, quartet or quintet with any combination of Orchestral instruments allowed. As a guide, we have recommended each piece to be roughly 2 – 3 minutes long, but this is just a suggestion, and the final length of the piece is up to the entrant, within reason. Your five movement symphony can wait!

Any submissions will be considered works in progress until the deadline date of May 31st and can be replaced at any point before that date. These work-in-progress submissions will then be shown to one of the professionals involved with the project for comment. This is an excellent and rare opportunity to get feedback on your music from one of Scotland’s eminent composers. Submissions can also be in various formats: sheet music, as PDF or Sibelius / Finale / Notion project file; audio recording of a piece of music; Figure notes sheet music file.

We’ve now held workshops at three out of the five properties involved in the project, with two more scheduled in the run up to the submission deadline.

Glasgow /w composer Stuart McCrae – January 25th, Pollok House, 2pm – 4pm

Edinburgh /w composer Matilda Brown – March 7th, Georgian House, 2pm – 4pm

Of course, you don’t need to have been at a workshop to enter, we have a whole host of tips from Scotland’s composers and introductions to each of the NTS properties involved in the project up on the Notes from Scotland site: <>

To come along to one of the workshops, or for any enquiries about the competition in general, please email

RSNO Teddy Bears Easter Picnic (CfE Level E – 1)

RSNO Teddy Bears Easter Picnic (CfE Level E – 1)

If you go down to the woods today…you might spot an RSNO musician or two!
The Easter Bunny is looking for the Teddy Bears Picnic but can’t find it anywhere! With a little help from her friends at the RSNO, she’ll take us on a journey of musical discovery.
Join the full orchestra and actress Claire Knight for an interactive and fun concert for early years.
Don’t forget your teddy bear!

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: £3 per pupil; staff free
Location: Henry Wood Hall, 73 Claremont Street, Glasgow, G3 7JB
Dates and times:
Tuesday 31 March 2015, 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Wednesday 1 April 2015, 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Thursday 2 April 2015, 10am, 11.30am and 3pm (family concert)

CPD – Practical Ideas for Music-Making with Early Years (CfE Level E – 1)

Edinburgh: Friday 6 February 2015, 12.30-2.30pm, Usher Hall
Glasgow: Monday 9 February 2015, 12.30-2.30pm at Henry Wood Hall
Dundee: Thursday 12 February 2015, 12.30-2.30pm, Marryat Hall
Perth: Thursday 5 March 2015, 12.30-2.30pm, Perth Concert Hall

The CPD sessions cost £20 per person and include a resource pack and ticket to an RSNO concert.

To book, please contact The RSNO Engage team at or on 0141 225 3552.

RSNO Takeover 2015

‘I thought it was a fantastic few days and I learnt so much…I would recommend it to anyone!’

16-year-old participant in Takeover 2014

The RSNO Takeover is a two-day intensive work experience, open to 16 to 18 year olds interested in a career in the arts or creative industries, regardless of whether you play a musical instrument or not.

We’ll select 50 young people to work in various departments of the Orchestra to produce a public concert at the end of the two-day event. Opportunities will exist in arts marketing, press and PR, development (fundraising), learning and engagement, conducting and performing as a musician.

There are still a few places remaining for 2015.

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

The opportunity is free, but students must be available to spend two full days in Glasgow at the home of the RSNO, on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 June 2015.

Accommodation is available for those who do not live in the city – please make a note of this if required on the application form. Closing date for applications is Friday 9 January 2015. Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview in Glasgow.

To apply, download an application form here and send it to with Takeover 2015 as the subject header.

For more information please call us on 0141 225 3552 or go to

RSNO Takeover 2014 has been shortlisted for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Project Raintown – music, technology and health and wellbeing

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is engaging with schools and teachers to co-create digital applications with the theme of music for wellbeing throughout the lifespan, building on the success of last years’ award-winning Gaming for Glasgow project.

Bailie Gerald Leonard, Depute Lord Provost, attended today’s launch of ‘Project Raintown’ which will focus on digital app development for health and wellbeing in the classroom and wider world, engaging each of the 10 Learning Communities in Glasgow’s East End.

Supported by the Celtic FC Foundation, the project focuses on compiling playlists and producing apps in collaboration with experts across the UK around the concept of music and health with a community value, and seeks to make a meaningful difference to young people’s aspirations for employment and further education.

These opportunities will be made available to benefit both GCU students and school pupils through expert mentoring, workshops and volunteering opportunities.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved with Project Raintown. Understanding technology is the future for our children and collaborations like this with Glasgow Caledonian University and partners is a really exciting way to engage young people in a meaningful way in subjects that really interest them – music and technology. I wish all the teams the very best of success and look forward to hearing about their progress.”

The project is also being supported by Stewart Henderson, Chair of Scottish Music Industry Association and Head of Chemikal Underground Records, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the RSNO, who will also be represented at the first workshop.

The project is being led by Dr Gianna Cassidy, Music Psychologist and Trustee of Playlist for Life charity, and Dr Morag Ferguson, Assistant Head of Strategy for Learning and Digital Futures, both from the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

In the first activity on Wednesday, November 19, staff and students from GCU are providing an app development workshop with children to kick start the programme of activities and generate initial music app concepts for the programme of work and will provide a CPD workshop on app for respective teachers from each school.

Future workshops will support the schools in learning the basics of app building and development and prototyping.

The GCU team recently presented to Scottish Universities’ cross-party group at the Scottish Parliament, having been awarded a Game Changer Award for excellence in learning and teaching for Gaming for Glasgow.

The initiative saw more than 200 GCU students work with pupils from nine Glasgow schools to develop digital games.