Every year the Strathearn  Music Society hosts workshops for schools and other groups.

The first workshop of the 2014-15 season was held on September 17th 2014.

Three members of the Arctic Winds Quintet -  Yvonne Paterson, flute, Rebecce Whitener, clarinet, and Anthea Wood, bassoon – spent the day in Morrison’s Academy’s Music Department working with thirty-four young wind players from Crieff High School, Morrison’s senior school and two local primary schools. The morning was spent in group work with the three professional musicians while all came together in the afternoon to work on John William’s “Ewok Celebration” and a selection of Beatles music before presenting a short concert to primary pupils. All gained a great deal from the experience of working with such able musicians.

The Music Society’s next concert, the Tim Kliphuis Trio performing an eclectic progamme entitled “The Gypsy Seasons”, will be held in St Andrew’s Hall on Wednesday, 29th October at 7.30pm.

Previous Seasons

On February 6th 2013 the Andrews Massey Duo gave an excellent workshop to primary school children from St Dominic's.  There was lots of audience participation and the event was pitched at exactly the right level for the children, who responded enthusiastically.  Lots of hands were raised when the children were invited to take part.

The first workshop of the 2012-13 season was given on 19th September by Pure Brass.  Over 100 children and young people from Crieff Primary, St Dominic's Primary and Crieff High School attended and great fun was had by all.  

Trumpet Voluntary is played on a garden hose!

Some of the audience try out old instruments.

Our second workshop of the 2011 - 2012 season was given by HOOT on 18th January to an enthusiastic group of 90 pupils from Ardvreck, Morrison's Primary and St Dominic's Primary.  The children joined in various actions with gusto, were keen to show their musical knowledge and really enjoyed the pieces performed by HOOT.

Pasacaglia workshop

Our first workshop of the 2011-12 season was given by Passacaglia on the afternoon of 16th November to an audience of schoolchildren from Ardvreck, Comrie, Morrison's Academy and St Dominic's schools.   The ensemble members explained how the various instruments were made and played several illustrative pieces.The youngsters listened attentively, asked lots of good questions and were fascinated by the instruments, especially the harpsichord and the 1680 violin.

On Wednesday 23rd February 2011, The Gould Piano Trio held an outstanding workshop on the Shostakovich Trio for over 100 enthusiastic young musicians from Crieff Primary, St Dominic's Primary, Ardvreck and Morrison's Academy primary and senior pupils.

The children participated in discussions about the music and the techniques used and one small boy thought the mood of the music was "divine".  

This was a most successful afternoon, which encouraged and enthused young Strathearn musicians of the future.


On 3rd June 2011 Sounds Promising, a concert by young musicians from Ardvreck, Crieff Primary, St Dominic's Primary, Crieff High School and Morrison's Academy raised £800 for the Society's workshops.  We are most grateful to them and to those who supported this venture.

The season before, a percussion workshop with O Duo, was held for pupils from Morrison's Academy, Ardvreck School and St Dominic's School. Over 90 enthusiastic children took part in what was a most enjoyable and rewarding afternoon.


We held a most successful workshop  with The Fell Clarinet Quartet on Wednesday 11th March 2009, for primary children from Morrison's Academy, Crieff Primary School, St Dominic's Primary School and Ardvreck.


The workshop was sponsored by the SMS Youth Fund


In previous years, Alma Nueva and Heather Kennedy played to  an appreciative audience at The Birches Residential Home in Crieff and the  next day they took part in a workshop at Ardvreck School.


The Sacconi String Quartet with David Campbell, clarinet, gave a performance to over one hundred enthusiastic  children at Crieff Primary School.  The children enjoyed the performance so much that they gave it their highest accolade - a "whoosh".  David Campbell told the evening audience that the school concert had been the highlight of their tour and the performers and SMS members were delighted to see several of the children in the hall.