St Andrews Voices Festival launches digital education project bringing Ellie Jackson stories to life with music and environmental messaging in collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society


Musical animateur and violinist Aisling O’Dea has worked alongside the St Andrews Voices team of Amanda MacLeod and Rufus Sullivan to create musical and environmental workshops for pupils at schools across Scotland to access. The workshops will be used in classrooms from Shetland to Dumfries as hundreds of primary school pupils develop their musical education with skills in music-making, ensemble playing and leadership. At the core of the project is a strong environmental theme that also runs through three Ellie Jackson books that have been brought to life: Duffy’s Lucky Escape, Nelson’s Dangerous Dive and Marli’s Tangled Tale. Led by Rufus Sullivan and Tara Proud from the Marine Conservation Society, pupils will learn about vital ecosystems and animals that we have throughout Scotland and the world, as well as the very real threat humans pose through plastic pollution. This project comes as Scotland celebrates the Year of Coasts and Waters and there comes a real emphasis on protecting our coastline from all forms of pollution and degradation.


The schools involved in the project will be creating music, images and text that will form part of the St Andrews Voices Festival in – celebrating the voice of Scotland even through this difficult time for everyone, not least the arts. Initially the project will be released privately to schools, teachers and other education providers before being publicly released as part of the 2020 festival programme.

If you would like to access these FREE resources for your school, please do get in touch!

St Andrews Voices, Laidlaw Music Centre, Queen's Terrace, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QF    

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