Music diary dates

Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow. January 19-21

Monster Music is an informal classical concert for pre-school and young primary children, presented by Paul Rissmann. Over 60 nursery and primary schools from the central belt are involved, culminating in one of the biggest interactive education projects of the year.

RSNO education department, tel 0141 226 3868

Scottish Ensemble. Glasgow. January 24-February 4

Incredible Treasure is a cross-arts project for primary schools that will enable children in the Hillpark Secondary cluster to create a multi-discipline performance inspired by the Burrell Collection. Four primaries will select a P6 or P7 class to specialise in musical composition or drama.

Scottish Ensemble, tel 0141 332 4747.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Glasgow. January-February

Composer Anna Meredith will write a new work for members of the orchestra and the local community in Bridgeton and Dennistoun, Glasgow. Workshops with Ms Meredith in local nursery, primary and secondary schools will enable children to create material for inclusion in the piece.

Jennifer Martin, learning manager, BBC SSO, tel 0141 338 3027.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra. West Dunbartonshire. January 18-February 24

The Pictures at an Exhibition project will involve RSNO musicians working with pupils from St Andrews Secondary and Clydebank Academy in West Dunbartonshire on composing two original pieces of music.

One will be based on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and the other on a piece of visual art.

The project will culminate in a performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on February 24 (6.30pm).

RSNO, tel 0141 226 3868.

Scottish Opera For All. Glasgow. January-March.

Sofa's expressive arts classes at Scottish Opera's technical centre in Glasgow are specifically tailored for children aged 3 to 11, with an evening class for 12- to 14-year-olds. The classes focus on a different opera each term; activities include dancing, acting, singing and props.

Sofa, tel 0141 332 9559.

Scottish Opera For All. on tour. January-June.

Fever continues to tour schools until June, aiming to take children on a journey exploring the benefits the scientific world offers society, explaining the fundamental mechanics of how the body works, the relationship between viruses and bacteria, and the impact the media can have on a difficult situation.

Sofa, tel 0141 332 9559. Scottish Ensemble. Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. January 29.

Score! offers a day of workshops, one-to-one surgeries and performances featuring contemporary composers Deirdre Gribbin, David Horne and James MacMillan. One is a workshop on composing for string duos and trios, aimed at the 14 to 18 age group (2pm-3pm).

Scottish Ensemble, tel 0141 332 4747

Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Fife. February 7-March 11

The Shell Spanish Night project will involve RSNO musicians and secondary school pupils from Lochgelly High and Inverkeithing Academy in Fife. Pupils will compose two pieces, one based on Ravel's Bolero and the other a flamenco-influenced work. They will be performed at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on March 11.

RSNO, tel 0141 226 3868.

Scottish Opera For All. on tour. February-May

Auntie Janet Saves the Planet is an interactive opera for pre-school to P2 pupils. A combination of live performance, film animation and puppetry will take the audience on a magical journey following the plight of endangered animals in Scotland.

Sofa, tel 0141 332 9559.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Grangemouth, Falkirk. March

Grangemouth High is BBC Scotland's "sound town" for 2004-05. Charles Hazelwood analyses musical concepts for Standard grade and Higher music students, and pupils will be able to attend an orchestra rehearsal and see the work of the recording engineer and producer. The SSO will perform compositions by Higher and Advanced Higher students.

Jennifer Martin, learning manager, BBC SSO, tel 0141 338 3027.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, March 31. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, April 1. Macrobert, Stirling, April 2

The Queen Who Didn't Come to Tea is aimed at families with primary-age children and features a new suite of short stories by novelist Alexander McCall Smith with music by Britten, Mozart, Ravel and Walton.

SCO, education officer Pete Sparkes, tel 0131 478 8353

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