Stars from the worlds of sport and music will come together for the first time in Glasgow next March for a unique one-off: Music Nation: A Sporting Fanfare, as part of a celebratory weekend of music making.
Celebrated Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti will join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its world-renowned conductor, Donald Runnicles, at the Clyde Auditorium on March 3 for a spectacular concert on the banks of the Clyde. This is an evening to celebrate the uplifting power of classical music and sporting prowess by bringing together world-class performers and the best of the country’s young musicians and singers with inspirational tales from some of Scotland’s top sports stars.
Performing alongside the BBC SSO, Donald Runnicles and Nicola Benedetti will be the National Youth Choir of Scotland, members of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and young people from the Big Noise project in Stirling’s Raploch Estate.
BBC Scotland television will broadcast a special Artworks Scotland programme in the summer of 2012 highlighting the Big Noise project. Four years on from when filming first began, this focuses on the ongoing social change project which aims to transform the lives and aspirations of young people across Scotland using music and adapting the techniques of El Sistema, the music education programme that has been so successful in Venezuela over the past 35 years.
In addition, BBC Scotland will celebrate The Written World: a co-production project initiated by The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh in collaboration with Creative Scotland and run by BBC Scotland, culminating in a unique collection of 205 poems which illustrate the way the national communities of the world are represented in Britain in 2012.
BBC Radio Scotland will be covering the Cultural Olympiad events in Scotland throughout its daily output with features and content on MacAulay & Co, presented by Fred MacAulay, and Culture Cafe, presented by Clare English, as well as across its music and news output in general. As they happen throughout Scotland, cultural events will also be covered on Radio Nan Gaidheal.