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iCompose is a national composition competition for Scotland made possible by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in partnership with Drake Music Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland with generous support from our sponsors.


Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and one of Scotland’s foremost cultural ambassadors. Formed in 1974 with a commitment to serve the Scottish community, the Orchestra performs throughout Scotland, as well as around the UK and abroad. Consisting of 37 players, the SCO plays a wide range of classical music, from Baroque, through Classical and Romantic to works from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Orchestra also offers a unique programme of education projects for children and adults, working in communities and schools throughout Scotland.


Drake Music Scotland

At Drake Music Scotland, we believe that disability is no barrier to making music. Since 1997, we have created opportunities across Scotland for over 6000 children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently.  Using both conventional instruments and inclusive technologies, we deliver a range of education and training projects enabling participants to make music to whatever level they aspire.

From April 2009 Drake Music Scotland has been working in partnership with local authorities, arts organisations and academic institutions to introduce Figurenotes Notation to Scotland. An Inspire award from Creative Scotland funded a pilot project with 5 local authorities to:

  • Run pilot projects in special schools throughout Scotland
  • Develop new Figurenotes music notation software
  • Develop teaching resources and training
  • Host an international conference in Glasgow, November 2010


Drake Music Scotland continues to develop the use of Figurenotes in all its music projects as well as continuing to develop partnerships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (iCompose), Greenmill Strings Project (East Ayrshire) and new local authorities in Scotland.


National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world’s finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art, displayed within an international context.

Every year over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world go to the various Galleries sited in Edinburgh. There is an active programme of education, outreach and special exhibitions, including the annual art and creative writing competitions.

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