A musical composition inspired by the horsemeat scandal will be premiered at a concert in Glasgow’s Govanhill tomorrow (Saturday), capping a unique musical collaboration between Sistema Scotland and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.
The Unspeakable by Eve Harrison was created following workshops with children from Raploch’s Big Noise orchestra.
NYOS Camerata is the showcase, pre-professional chamber ensemble of The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. Successfully bridging the gap between youth orchestra and professional ensemble, it comprises senior and recent past members of NYOS aged 18-23.
NYOS Camerata have been working intensively with Big Noise children in Govanhill and Raploch this week.
NYOS chief executive Joan Gibson said: “We are so pleased Big Noise has taken root successfully in Scotland, and there are other programmes inspired by El Sistema springing up across the world. This exciting work requires professional musicians with the extra skills required to work in this field.
“This week-long Big Noise residency is a great chance for NYOS Camerata musicians to develop the skills needed to contribute to such schemes.”
Sistema Scotland Director of Music Francis Cummings said: “The residency has been great for the Big Noise children, who have been able to sit side by side playing with the NYOS Camerata members, some of whom are only a few years older than them. It is a glimpse of what the future may hold.”
NYOS Camerata students have spent time shadowing Big Noise tutors in Raploch, Stirling. They have also prepared and delivered workshops to schools in Govanhill under the guidance of experienced Big Noise staff.
As part of the residency collaboration, NYOS and Sistema Scotland jointly commissioned Eve Harrison to create a new piece based on workshops she held with Big Noise children earlier in the year. The result is The Unspeakable.
Eve Harrison said: “I hope I have captured the pride, zeal and imagination of the Raploch young people. They were so buzzing with ideas. The piece evokes a visit to the Wallace Monument and the Carnival as well as horsemeat, which was big in the news when we had our first workshops.”
The Unspeakable will be premiered in a special concert by NYOS Camerata at Hutcheson’s Primary on Calder Street, Govanhill at 11.30am on Saturday September 21. The programme also includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No 2, Battalia by Heinrich von Biber and a Hungarian Dance by Sándor Veress. The concert is un-ticketed, free and open to all. Big Noise children will join NYOS Camerata to play The Unspeakable and Hebrides Overture.