Children from right across Motherwell’s schools will be working together with their families and their communities to create this place is our place.
We’ll be working in Braidhurst and Our Lady’s High Schools with 1st years, and in Muir St., Cathedral, Logans and St. Brendan’s Primary Schools with Primary 7’s.
Below is a wee bit about the team that will be visiting the schools…
Prof. Nigel Osborne.
Nigel Osborne is a composer and educationalist, and was until recently Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh. His works have been performed by major orchestras around the world, ranging from the BBC Scottish and RSNO to the Moscow Symphony, Vienna Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his operas have been staged by Scottish Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and opera houses throughout Europe, including Vienna, Oslo, Wuppertal and the Hebbel Theatre Berlin. He has been awarded many international prizes, including the Netherlands Gaudeamus Prize, the Opera Prize of Radio Suisse Romande and City of Geneva, and the Koussevitzky Award of the Library of Congress Washington.
His work in theatre and film has earned him a share of an Olivier Award and an EMMY.
He has worked as a teacher at every level of education from nursery, through primary and secondary to university, and has taken a lifelong interest in special education development, primarily in Scotland and the UK but also in the Balkan region and India. He is probably best known for his pioneering approach to using creative arts to help children who are victims of conflict, initially in former Yugoslavia, and subsequently in the Caucasus, Middle East and East Africa. He was awarded an MBE and the Bosnian Freedom Prize for his educational and therapeutic work with vulnerable children.
He is also active in scientific research concerned with the health and development of children, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of the board of the Tapestry Partnership and co-Chair of the Cultural Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
He studied composition at Oxford with Egon Wellesz, the first pupil of Schoenberg and with Kenneth Leighton, whom he succeeded as Reid Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He later studied in Warsaw with Witold Rudzi.
Whilst at Edinburgh University, Professor Osborne was awarded the Queen’s Prize for education.
Graeme Wilson grew up in Ayrshire and has lived his adult life in Fife. Following studies at RSAMD and University of Liverpool, his work as a musician in education gave him 20 years as Principal Teacher of Music at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline before moving to Fife Council HQ for 15 years in a QIO role first as Adviser in Music, then Education Adviser and finally as Music Services Manager.
Throughout that time, his responsibilities covered all aspects of music learning and teaching across all sectors within the Kingdom, including major developments in instrumental learning. Initiatives such as the Fife Music Excellence Project, singing instrumentalists and ‘Listen Up’, a DVD featuring A Young Person’s Guide to the Instruments of the Orchestra were parallel and important elements of his work.
At all times in his career, Graeme has immersed himself in practical projects in schools, locally, nationally and also with a community emphasis. With an organising streak inherited from his father, he is happiest in a hands-on role whether in the thick of making music or turning the handle of administration.
As a practising musician, he conducts, plays in orchestras and bands and accompanies, turning to composing, arranging and editing as required. Work as a Tapestry Music Adviser has opened doors and minds, created opportunities and brought joy. Notable among that is the Silk Road to Scotland work and involvement with the large conferences in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, especially the formation of the inter-authority Tapestry Jazz Radio Orchestra which featured the strings of Fife.
Graeme’s work for SQA started over 30 years ago and has encompassed roles on the Music Panel, as a setter, marker, examiner, practical Visiting Assessor which currently continues, and he was critically involved at the time of the introduction of CSYS in Music. Graeme has recently been part of the consultative group within Creative Scotland which helped bring Music for Youth to Scotland. He is a director and trustee of several organisations in Fife: Fife Festival of Music, Fife Action on Autism, Fife Youth Music Forum, Fife Youth Music Activities. He serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Scottish Association for Music Education and in that role has guided 20 annual conferences with continued success and excitement for delegates. Graeme has just completed 40 years as Musical Director and Conductor of Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra.
Caroline McCluskey is a freelance musician and educator who devises and delivers participatory music making workshops and opportunities for children, young people, adults and family groups across Scotland. Caroline works with Higher Arts Education students and also provides Continuing Professional Development in creative music education for teachers.
Caroline is inspired by the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music, Dance & Speech Education in her creative and teaching practice. Her work is rooted in shaping musical journeys with people that support creativity, self-expression and well-being.
Caroline is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Edinburgh and the Carl Orff Institute for Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy, University Mozarteum Salzburg. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Musical Studies, a MSc – Music in the Community, a Postgraduate in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education Orff Schulwerk and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.