Free musical summer camp will hit the right note

RSNO Summer Camp

Do you have a budding musician in the family? Then you won’t want to miss the free summer events being offered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 

Two hour-long Engaging Families sessions will take place on Wednesday, 7 July – at 1.30pm and 4.30pm – and participants will engage with the work of the RSNO, hear about new activities and resources, and learn about the RSNO’s free Summer Camp.

The sessions will be open to all children, young people and families across Scotland and you can register here.

Meanwhile, the RSNO digital Summer Camp – which starts on Monday, 5 July – will offer free entertaining and educational music activities to children of all ages for six weeks. 

Tara the Tugboat

Highlights of the online programme, available via the RNSO website, include Nursery Sounds, family-friendly concert Tara the Tugboat, which follows the adventures of a vessel on the River Clyde, and Gaspard’s Foxtrot, a digital concert experience for primary children.

There will also be concerts, practice resources and instrument guides for children in late-primary and secondary schools and activities that focus on music and wellbeing, such as interviews with musicians and singing sessions.

The programme beings on Monday, 5 July, with the #RSNOchallenge, a fun series of musical challenges that can be enjoyed by all the family. A new set of activities will be published each week.

Andrew Stevenson, RSNO Director of Learning & Engagement, said: ‘Music plays a vital role in meeting children’s learning and developmental needs, providing a means of self-expression, as well as being a source of enjoyment and communication. 

“It has been really important for us to stay connected with children and families throughout the pandemic. To date, this has largely been through digital programmes specially created for schools, so I am thrilled that we’re now able to open up these resources for free to children across Scotland and beyond. I hope that they enjoy a music-filled school holiday at our Summer Camp.’

More information about the RSNO is available at