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"We hope that by raising awareness of our current circumstances, this project will help to amplify our voices as a freelance community so that ultimately, we can begin to share music again."

- SFE co-founder and violinist Katrina Lee

Please feel free to download our mission statement for more information 

We are a community of freelance orchestral musicians living and working in Scotland, whose members perform variously for every professional orchestra and classical ensemble in the country. Like others suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, our individual sources of income almost entirely disappeared overnight. Collectively we have noticed the lack of organised support for freelance musicians.  


This project will both function as a support network and a creative outlet for Scotland’s wonderful network of freelance classical musicians. Initially we will share our music through virtual platforms, with the intention of undertaking physical performances as Covid-19 guidelines are eased. Our first socially-distanced video recording (premiered on 22 July 2020) features a 36-piece string ensemble, performing ‘Adoration’ by African-American composer Florence Price, arranged for strings by Elaine Fine. We are also delighted to have been joined by celebrated guest musicians violinists Ilya Gringolts and Tobias Ringborg, and cellist Jonathan Tunnell.


Our mission statement

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