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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

SCO and St Mary’s Music School launch free String Academy

4:11, 6th December 2018

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and St Mary’s Music School have announced a new partnership programme for young string players in and around Edinburgh.

SCO String Academy is a free initiative for young musicians who play violin, viola, cello or double bass and have reached Grade 6.

The young musicians will work alongside SCO musicians to develop their technique, musicianship and orchestral playing. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to develop social confidence, teamwork, and communication skills.

SCO chief executive Gavin Reid said: ‘Scottish Government figures show that creative industries contribute more than £4 billion to the Scottish economy every year. The range of skills that young people develop through orchestral playing are crucial transferable skills for their future.

‘SCO String Academy will be a fantastic way to support successful learning, develop confidence, and give participants the opportunity to contribute to high-quality ensemble performance.’

The first project takes place in Edinburgh in March 2019. Young musicians are encouraged to sign up at http://sco.org.uk/stringacademy

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