Scottish Ensemble

SE@50: Inspiring Music for Imaginative Young Minds

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Scottish Ensemble (SE) - the UK's leading string orchestra, and one of the most distinctive music ensembles in Europe - is raising money for its Fund for the Future to support inspiring work with young people across Scotland over the next 5 years.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in Scotland (SC001539)

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Championed by Private Match Fund

  • The children with additional needs were actively involved and some who find it usually difficult to interact did so and the joy on their faces was amazing to see.

    — Staff member at Quarriers, Elgin

  • We are so lucky here in Inverness to be on the SE map and I look forward to any time you are up here again and wish to work with the Highland pupils.

    — Eleanor Cameron, Music Instructor, High Life Highland (Inverness)

  • One of the best things was feeling part of a normal week in SE's schedule. We weren't just being told what to do - we were genuinely playing together.

    — Balasz Rencez - Scottish Ensemble Young Artist


Experiencing and participating in a variety of live music at an early age can prove transformational for a young person’s learning, social skills and well-being - in addition to generating joy through the discovery of their own musical creativity. As education systems face challenges to retain music’s place in the curriculum, many young people have limited access to inspirational live experiences and a generation risks losing out on the social, emotional and cultural benefits of music making.


We will increase our performance activity in schools across Scotland, in both rural and urban communities – working with partners to establish where need is greatest. Over the coming years we will devise projects that immerse young listeners in our orchestra, present theatrical concerts that tell stories connecting to contemporary questions, and offer rich, interactive, live music projects in accessible settings – with the full Scottish Ensemble right in their school halls. This campaign is supported by generous match funds pledged by Scottish Ensemble’s Board and musicians.