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Soundmoves: Music Movies marks collaboration with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

by Amber Wilkinson

Soundmoves is the result of a series of workshops with pupils and teachers
Soundmoves is the result of a series of workshops with pupils and teachers Photo: Sandy Butler
Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a special screening of six short films and live musical performance in partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Soundmoves: Music Movies will feature pupils from Sighthill, Clovenstone and Canal View Primary Schools at 11am on Friday, 21 June at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh.

The Soundmoves project - which has run since 2017 - allows pupils and teachers to take part in creative workshops exploring music and movement. Composer Matilda Brown, movement specialist Ana Almeida and SCO musicians were joined by videographer Sandy Butler to enable two classes from each school to film their work in the theatre at Wester Hailes Secondary School. The resulting six short movies are based on original ideas developed during those workshops.

Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, SCO creative learning director, said: “Our Soundmoves project forms part of the SCO’s Wester Hailes Residency and was designed to introduce primary pupils to music and movement – and to enhance life skills such as teamwork, communication, focus and confidence.

"The classes who have worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra team to co-create this series of short films have delighted and surprised us with their creativity and artistry and we are really excited to present the results of this exceptional project on screen, with accompanying live music and movement, at a special event on Friday, 21 June.”

Caroline Donald, head of learning and engagement at EIFF said: “The International Festival is thrilled to be able to co-host Soundmoves and open the doors of The Hub to the pupils of Sighthill, Clovenstone and Canal View Primaries, providing a city centre platform for their films and musical performance. This forms part of our wider commitment to engage young people with classical and orchestral music and we are very pleased to deepen our relationship with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra following our popular Virgin Money Schools Concert each August.”

Yvonne Gordon, head of education & learning at EIFF added: “Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Edinburgh International Festival to showcase the creativity, talent and dedication of young people from the Wester Hailes community.

"We have been impressed by the way the team from Scottish Chamber Orchestra has collaborated closely with the school pupils to co-design their compositions and performances and the imaginative way they have captured this on film. We are proud to present their work to the world during EIFF in the splendid surroundings of The Hub.”

Limited free tickets - limited to two per booking - are available to the public now from edfilmfest.org.uk.

The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 to 30 June. The full programme will be announced next month.

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