Classical CD for newborns to inspire a love of music

Every newborn baby in Scotland will receive a classical CD to inspire a love of music.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) with the Association of Registrars of Scotland will offer a disc to babies born over the next year.

The CD will be distributed to all 220 offices across Scotland and is expected to reach up to 60,000 families.

The compilation titled Astar, Gaelic for ‘journey’, features Scottish songs, nursery rhymes and classical works.

The CD was recorded by the RSNO and RSNO Junior Chorus, led by music director Peter Oundjian.

He said: “When I was an infant my godfather gave me a tiny record player, I would place it under the family piano and put on my prized recording of Peter and the Wolf.


I don’t know if hearing something as an infant causes a person to love something, but I suppose it’s worth a try.


  1. Some of my earliest memories are of Mozart and Haydn symphonies. My sisters and I grew up in a house where classical music, rather than radio or TV, was the background atmosphere. I have no doubt that it influenced our lives and career choices.

  2. I know this can be the case. I grew up with a variety of music, and of course I love a variety of music!

    I also grew up with tomatoes. I hate tomatoes. 😉