Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New music partnership to offer young string musicians the chance to work with top Scots orchestra

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

A NEW partnership programme has been launched for young musicians in the Edinburgh area.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has teamed up with St Mary’s Music School to form the SCO String Academy, a free initiative for those who play violin, viola, cello or double bass and have reached Grade 6+.

It will see young musicians from all walks of life work alongside SCO musicians to develop their technique, musicianship and orchestral playing.

It aims to benefit the youngsters musically as well as adding to their psychological well being and developing life skills including social confidence, teamwork and communication skills.

There are no auditions to become part of the programme, with places reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Kenneth Taylor, Director of St Mary’s Music School, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people who have already worked really hard to learn the fundamentals of playing a string instrument, and who look for opportunities to progress to the next level.

“There are so many young people excited about music and eager to play more, and they will really benefit from the coaching SCO musicians provide.”

In the past year, SCO musicians have worked with over 10,000 young people across Scotland, and are passionate about engaging with young people through music.

SCO Violinist and Conductor of SCO String Academy, Gordon Bragg said: “This is such an exciting new initiative. As well as developing musicianship, SCO String Academy is about being active and bringing young people together to enjoy making music with like-minded musicians.”

The first project takes place in Edinburgh in March 2019. It is a free initiative, with no auditions and young musicians are encouraged to sign up at