Teenagers across Scotland are helping one of the country’s leading orchestras spread the message that classical is cool.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has been drafting in 16- to 18-year-olds to promote the live orchestral experience to their peers and the orchestra’s Young Ambassador scheme new covers nearly every local authority in the country.
Representing Highland is new Young Ambassador Susannah Mack.
“I’m delighted to be working with young people across the country to promote classical music, giving me a chance to show off the musical talent in the Highlands at the same time,” she said.
“I’ve already had incredible new experiences (for example interviewing Nicola Benedetti) and I’m really looking forward to the exciting plans to come.”
Young Ambassadors are able to attend RSNO concerts for free and get to know the musicians, artistic team and staff. They are assigned a mentor who will assist with career development and will have input in the Orchestra’s future plans to engage with young people across the country.
Young Ambassador positions are open to all young people aged 16 to 18 with a passion for music, regardless of whether they are learning an instrument.
The Young Ambassadors will be expected to attend RSNO concerts in their area, promote RSNO activities online, create a “classical music” board in their school or community to highlight opportunities for young people to be involved, and attend five forums across Scotland, to discuss ways in which the RSNO can improve its engagement with young people.
The RSNO is keen to hear from any other 16 to 18 year olds who might be interested in becoming a Young Ambassador.
For more information go to www.rsno.org.uk/youth/ambassadors.php