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Webcast for mobile phone symphony
Making Tracks hosted by BBC children's TV presenters Adrian Dickson and Angellica Bell
The concert was recorded in front of a packed audience
Mobile phone ringtones composed by school children form the centrepiece of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's first webcast.

The historic cyber concert called Making Tracks Live! went online at 1530 GMT on Wednesday for seven days.

It was recorded at the SSO's new home in Glasgow City Halls and features live music, animation and film.

The mobile phone tracks were composed by four Glasgow children and performed by the full symphony orchestra.

The children used Radio 3's Tonetag software which is available on the CBBC website.

This allows them to compose a tune which can be sent on to their phone.

'So exciting'

Composer Danielle Dempsey, 11, said: "It wasn't actually quite hard because it gives you it step by step.

"It was quite easy actually.

"Listening to it live it was really good, it was different to what it was on the computer."

Danielle said it was "so exciting" to listen to her ringtone live.

The webcast was commissioned specifically for children and linked into the BBC SSO's Learning Programme.

Jennifer Martin, the BBC SSO's learning manager, said: "The potential of orchestral education work to reach a far greater number of people through the use of broadcast and online media is now a reality.

Available online

"Each online initiative can include participants from across the country and allow us to develop a more sustained relationship between the orchestra and its audiences."

Everything teachers and children will need to interact with the performance is available online.

The event features Glasgow pupils introducing sections of the concert from a giant screen above the orchestra.

Composer Kyle Thomson, eight, said: "It was quite cool to hear it again.

"When I'm on the computer I might use Tonetag again and make a new tune.

"You can make whatever kind of music you like."

The webcast is hosted by BBC children's TV presenters Adrian Dickson and Angellica Bell.

Justin Spooner, head of interactive at Radio 3, said it is the first of many.

He said: "The way we're thinking now about concerts and the way kids find out about music is to try and make it as accessible as possible.

"We try and make everything available on demand."

The project will be repeated in Stirling in April.


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