Christmas Performances

We were delighted to get some of our Music ensembles off the ground again back in October.  Oh, how we missed rehearsing and live music!!

Here are a few videos of Christmas performances for you to enjoy as we head into the holidays.  As ever, we are incredibly proud to have such dedicated staff and students who were able to bring us these performances.  A Merry Christmas to you all.  We hope you have a relaxing break.

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Winning track

Battle of the Bands studio session

The winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands, “Flat Earth”, were in the studio recently.  Here is their finished track “Fortune Teller” written by lead singer David Bell.

Many thanks to The Academy of Music & Sound for sponsoring this event.

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Edinburgh Playhouse’s “Stage Experience” programme

Edinburgh PLayhouse Schools Audition Pack

Click the link to take you to information regarding this exciting opportunity.

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FREE COURSE – “Employability in the Music Industry”

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I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity that might be of interest to your S5/6 pupils who are interested in working in the music industry. On March 14th, March 21st, April 4th and April 11th, we will be running a free intensive course called Introduction to Employability in the Music Industry (Music Management).

The aim of the course is to help candidates develop their understanding of the requirements of the workplace, focusing on the challenges and requirements of working in the fast-paced music industry. In addition, participants will be given a broad overview of what it means to be an artist manager in the music industry.


Following an interview on the final day of the course, two successful candidates from each cohort will have the opportunity to take up a 1 week paid internship with a local music industry employer (paid at £150 per week). This course will be run at the Edinburgh centre from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Lunches will be supplied by the Academy of Music and Sound and learners can claim up to £20 per week for travel expenses (receipts must be supplied).

Applications can be made online at

While I understand pupils will be busy with exams at this time of year, I would appreciate it if you could pass this information on to any that be interested in this opportunity. If you, or your pupils have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.




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Jazz Musicians

Applications are now open for any talented jazz instrumentalist wishing to audition to join the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (TSYJO) and to become part of something creative and inspiring.

The TSYJO was established in 2002 by the acclaimed Scottish saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith, who is Professor of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and it is the youth wing for the renowned Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Full details are on the attached forms or on our website where forms may also be downloaded. 
NB: The deadline for applications is 15 February 2016, but we would encourage everyone to apply sooner rather than later.
Please also look out for the additional information pack that has been posted to each school and which should arrive this week and do not hesitate to email or call if further information is required.  Please click the link below to download the appropriate forms.
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“Music for Youth” Event

Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Vic Galloway, “Exchange” is the unmissable event for any young person passionate about music .star.

CRAIG ARMSTRONG: Scotland’s highly respected and in-demand composer and performer in the film and music industry is confirmed as this year’s keynote speaker. More speakers and workshop leaders to be announced soon.

The main highlights will be:-

  • Be heard by professional musicians
  • Perform live and gain feedback from professionals
  • Connect with inspirational speakers
  • Learn new skills and explore new opportunities
  • Get ahead in your music
  • Get advice and put your questions to music experts

Exchange provides a unique festival feel combining live performance with hands on music workshops and practical sessions for young acts.  From jazz to Gaelic, indie to folk, choral to classical, Exchange is open to all musicians. Last year’s event saw 33 acts performing all styles of music to 350+ people, from as far afield as Orkney to South Lanarkshire.

Click the link below to find more information on this exciting opportunity:-



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Angel’s Carol – John Rutter






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Christmas Concert Dates

A date for the diaries.  This year, our Christmas Concerts will be on the Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of December at 7pm.   Hope to see you there!

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Orchestra Christmas Concert Music Audio Files

Click on these files to hear the pieces that the school orchestra are performing this year at the Christmas Concert.


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Performing Arts Trip 2015

Our Performing Arts students are currently making their way down to London.  To keep up to date with their daily activities log on to this website:-

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