NEWS | From 16th to 20th of May the musicians' bootcamp took place in Edinburgh
A host of talented young musicians from all around Europe gathered at the enchanting city of Edinburgh to participate in a musicians' bootcamp. From 16th to 20th of May, the bootcamp brought together 12 musicians from 9 MusX partner orchestras. Participants had the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and grow alongside experienced trainers and like-minded artists.
Throughout the 4-day bootcamp, participants have immersed themselves in a series of workshops including the impact of music in community settings, including areas of economic deprivation, the value of educational and outreach work for emerging artists, and fundamentals of music admin for the freelance and self-employed musician in a diverse career. On Thursday night in Edinburgh, musicians took the opportunity to attend a folk session at "The Antiquary" with traditional Irish and Scottish music. Another highlight for the young pre-professional musicians was a visit to Dundee, where the musicians attended a dementia-friendly concert of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, followed by a Q & A session with members of the SCO.
The programme was continued on Friday by participating in a Live Music Now Scotland concert in a school for children with additional support needs. All workshops were held in cooperation with Live Music Now, Scotland, its director Carol Main and a number of experienced LMN musicians.
Finally on Saturday, bootcamp musicians gave a great closing concert at the French Institute of Scotland, in which they performed the first and second movement of Beethoven 1st Symphony. As these talented musicians return to their respective homes, they will certainly carry with them new inspiration, an invaluable network of peers, and the unwavering belief in their ability and skills to shape the future of symphonic music.