East Lothian Council Instrumental Music Service and Lammermuir Festival

In brief, East Lothian Council Instrumental Music Service and Lammermuir Festival are looking for singers and actors to join their new community musical, Catriona and the Dragon (which includes the Anthem they performed last year), to perform alongside three of Scotland’s top professional singers, a huge orchestra of professional players and musicians from East Lothian Instrumental Music Service , under conductor Sian Edwards, director Laura Attridge and chorus director Moira Morrison.

The storyline

Queen Catriona is the reluctant ruler of the Kingdom of Beagland, terrorised by a fearsome dragon who lives beyond the Bridge to Nowhere. Will Catriona find the courage to go over the Bridge to confront her worse fears and to fight the dragon? Can she persuade her people to change their ways?

 How to get involved?

To join our Children’s Chorus and help Catriona conquer the Dragon living beyond the Bridge to Nowhere and who is terrorising the land, register HERE

And why not persuade your grown-ups to join in too in our Adults’ Chorus by signing up HERE

Project Schedule

Note: all rehearsals will be in Dunbar unless otherwise indicated.

Pre-Production Weekend

  • Saturday March 18th (2pm – 4pm)

Weekend 2

  • Friday March 24th (1pm – 3pm)
  • Saturday 25th March (10am – 1pm)
  • Sunday 26th March (2pm – 5pm)
  • Tuesday 28th March (4pm – 7pm)

Production Week

  • Saturday April 1st (2pm – 5pm)
  • Sunday April 2nd (2pm- 5pm) in Haddington
  • Monday April 3rd (10am – 5pm)
  • Tuesday April 4th (10am – 5pm)
  • Wednesday April 5th, 2pm rehearsal, with performances at 4pm and 7.15pm

For further details and links to our registration and all application forms please visit: https://www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk/community-opera/

We hope you will consider joining us for this exciting project!

Kind regards


Jonathan Gawn (he/him)

Team Manager – Instrumental Music Service

East Lothian Council


Chorus Flyer.pdf

NYCoS Singing Groups

East Lothian Council Arts Service is offering FREE after school singing sessions to all pupils attending an ELC school in years P3 through to P7. These sessions are funded by the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and are delivered by the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS). Session are due to start from Mon 27 Feb and will run in six venues across East Lothian on either Mon, Tue or Wed after school. There will be 10 weeks of sessions, one week of dress rehearsal and a concert (optional) available to every singer. Please see the attached flier for more info and click on the links or scan the QR code for details. Please also look out for leaflets in school bags. Click here to register.


NYCoS is also looking for adult helpers for each of the six groups. No qualifications are necessary and the post is paid. School staff and parents all welcome to apply. Contact anna.ghazal@nycos.co.uk.

NYCoS 2023 digital.pdf (edubuzz.org)

Active Schools Whats On!

We have a few new clubs starting next week and would love for you to get involved.  Active Schools are welcoming back the Multisports clubs.  These will be held at St Martins and Sandersons Wynd and are welcome to all pupils from all schools.  This club will cover football, basketball, athletics and fitness.  Sign up is available here:


We are also delighted to announce the return of Gymnastics and Cheerleading at Sandersons Wynd.  Again, this is available to all schools and sign up can be found under each tab on the main page.

Finally, we have basketball for all ages at Ross High School, completely free.  This will be held on a Thursday night in the main games hall with Ryan.

Sign up for these clubs are available under their own tabs at:


Any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.


Michael Campbell

Active School Coordinator – Tranent Cluster

East Lothian Council | Ross High School | Tranent, East Lothian EH33 2EQ 

To View and book all Active Schools classes, visit: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/activeschoolstranent