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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras with a rich history stretching back 130 years. Led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, the Orchestra performs weekly concerts across Scotland and tours internationally.
The RSNO is seeking funding for Gaelic-medium provision of Gaspard’s Foxtrot as part of our 2022 National Schools Concert Programme. Since launching in 2016, the National Schools Concert Programme (the RSNO’s flagship educational initiative) has introduced over 61,000 children across Scotland to their National Orchestra at a young age. In early 2021, we adapted the Programme to an entirely digital format due to COVID-19, creating Gaspard’s Foxtrot – an animated concert film in English, which reached over 46,000 Scottish primary school pupils through the adventures of Gaspard the Fox, a popular children’s book character penned by author Zeb Soanes and set to music by composer Jonathan Dove.
MEG funding enabled RSNO to produce the Gaspard’s Foxtrot animated concert film in Gaelic, narrated by experienced Glasgow-based presenter and performer Caitlin NicAonghais and co-produced in partnership with Scottish digital charity Visible Fictions, reaching 505 Gaelic speakers and learners at 20 different schools across the length and breadth of Scotland. To ensure widespread awareness of and engagement with the Gaelic resources, we worked with community partners including Bord na Gàidhlig, Stòrlann, and Theatre Gu Leòr to spread the word about Gaspard’s Foxtrot in Gaelic to their contacts and networks.