Classical music CD for every Scottish newborn

11 October 2012, 17:34 | Updated: 10 July 2013, 16:19

From 15 October 2012 until 14 October 2013 every child born in Scotland will receive a CD of classical music, recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Newborn babies in Scotland will be given a CD of classical music as part of a new initiative by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to introduce music into the lives of families. The album, Astar (Gaelic for Journey), aims to forge a relationship with children from birth, and encourage a relationship with classical music that will continue for the rest of their lives.

The CD is divided into three sections: Wake, Play, and Nap, and contains sleeve notes explaining how parents can enjoy music with their newborn. Songs include Scottish favourites including The Skye Boat Song, Eightsome Reels and Three Craws Sat Upon a Wa’ alongside classics from Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Debussy.

Studies have shown listening to music can have an impact on children's cognitive development, as well as improving their mood and helping with communication. RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian said a recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf brought him joy as a young child.

"I have found that the power and beauty of music can truly transform lives and I seriously hope that the recipients of Astar enjoy many hours of shared pleasure to this wonderful music," he said.

The recording, performed by RSNO and RSNO Junior Chorus, with Peter Oundjian and pianist Susan Tomes, will be distributed through all 220 Registrar Offices across Scotland as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.