Festival Events 2015

RSNO Concert

Thursday 29 October, 6pm

RSNO Centre, Glasgow


Professional musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have worked with children from communities across Scotland on this high profile concert where school pupils and the RSNO will play side by side.

The music has been composed by the children themselves, and is inspired by stories shared by local care home residents, of their ‘absent friends’ – loved ones who are dead but whose stories live on. Children have also drawn on their own experiences of loss and bereavement.

The project brings old and young people in the community together to create stories and music to breathe new life into old memories. Youngsters from four communities in Scotland have had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of world-class musicians and learn from creative writing experts.

Family, friends and members of the public will be able to enjoy the To Absent Friends concert, in the RSNO’s new flagship centre in Glasgow. Pupils will also have the chance to perform on stage prior to RSNO concerts in the Usher Hall and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

The concert will also be streamed into care homes around Scotland. This concert will be live streamed and will be available to watch at www.rsno.org.uk/engage. If you are interested in hosting a screening, please email the RSNO at engage@rsno.org.uk

A film of the concert can be viewed here: To Absent Friends at RSNO Centre

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