Our Education Work

The EIO is stuffed full of exceptional players, many of whom grew up and were educated in this amazing City. We want to inspire in young people across Edinburgh a love for Classical music and orchestral performance.

It is our belief that education programmes should be integrated with other musical work, and we invite young people into our rehearsals to see the whole creative programme.

With almost all our concerts, we are going into schools, and sharing the music with pupils of various ages, so they can see that this music is very much alive. Music with strong programmes, or stories, is a key tool we have in connecting young people with the music we make – look out for music with narrative throughout the series!

To demonstrate that education is at the core of what we’re doing, and just because we love it, we have commissioned a piece of music from Peter Longworth for 200 primary school children and our orchestra to be performed in the autumn. The children are not simply going to be told to stand and sing; we will work with them on learning to sing really well, and right from the start, it will be their piece, as well as Peter’s and ours. The young people we work with will be asked for their own creative input and they will all be co-composers of this exciting and magical work, based on Giamattista Basile’s story (from Tale of Tales) The Cockroach, the Mouse and The Cricket.

We will be inviting some of the most promising school-age players to play with our professionals in each concert, where they will also have the chance to speak with our players and be coached on their orchestral instrument.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our educational work, contact us here.

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