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

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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