ABO PUBLISHES YOUTH ENSEMBLES SCOTLAND SURVEY REPORT
A survey of youth ensembles in Scotland carried out during 2014 has identified an active sector of young musicians aged between 5 and 25 years old, participating in a range of youth ensembles. Of the 44 people who answered the survey, 36 managed one or more youth ensembles. The survey was made possible by funding from the Youth Music Initiative - Strengthening Youth Music through Creative Scotland. The report, compiled by Fiona Harvey, Education and Youth Ensembles Consultant for the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), describes a total of 155 ensembles, including 27 youth orchestras, 35 string ensembles, 20 wind bands, 15 jazz bands, and 8 traditional music groups. Most of the survey focused on youth orchestras and data was gathered about the 1832 musicians who play in them, as well as information about repertoire, funding, touring, the management of youth orchestras and the challenges they face over the next 3 to 5 years.
The report also covers the results of a survey of young musicians playing in youth orchestras in Scotland. When asked for their opinion of playing in youth orchestras, the most positive aspects for them are musical, social and the high quality of teaching, rehearsing and performance.
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