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Trumberbone Street Band Success!

The young people of East Lothian’s Trumberbone Street Band came together once again this Feb to play in their very own samba band.

This project has been running for a few years now, and is going from strength to strength. The young people get the opportunity to learn trumpet and/or trombone as well as getting to play some cool grooves on the drums.

They were lucky enough to have a visit from DeLighters Circus Company as well, and took part in a workshop. See below for some photos of this fabulous three day course.

NYCoS Singing Groups 2023

We are delighted to be offering our singing groups once again this year with our partner the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Classes are available for 10 weeks starting after the Feb holiday. There are two age groups (P3-4 and P5-7) and there’s one of each in the six cluster areas in East Lothian. It’s completely free (funded by us!) and is brilliant fun!

For more info and to book please click here or any of the links in the flier below.

Registration opens Fri 10th Feb contact for info.

Picking Out a Tune with Dave Trouton

Nursery pupils from Innerwick Primary School learned to pick out a tune with Dave Trouton recently. Dave works with early years groups using magical, musical stories to tale them on learning adventures.

The children have grown in self-confidence and the joy on their faces is self-evident.  We will be sad when Dave’s time with us is finished, he has enriched the curriculum for us and we are very grateful for this opportunity – thank you.’ (Sarah Laing, class teacher Innerwick)

Cove Pupils Enjoy Music with Nick Cook

Last term Nick Cook spent eight weeks working with staff and pupils from The Cove at Dunbar Primary School. They had a great time learning about music and playing with some fascinating instruments.

‘The children and staff in the Rainbow Room are delighted to have more music sessions with Nick and look forward to the session each week. Nick works at the children’s pace, tuning in to their reactions and gently encouraging them to engage with him through the music. He offers a variety of experiences for the children with percussion instruments, tuned instruments and using their voices.’ (Mags  McGregor The Cove)

YMI Celebrates 20 Years

This year YMI celebrates twenty years of delivering creative music projects to young people across Scotland, continuing to fulfil the YMI Scottish Government commitment that every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they leave primary school.

Watch this short celebratory film from Creative Scotland.

NYCoS Singing Groups 2019 Registration

NYCoS Leaflet 2018-19

Registration for the National Youth Choir of Scotland singing groups is now open.

YMI/Creative Scotland and East Lothian Council’s Arts Service provide this project for free to all P3-P7 children in an East Lothian Authority school.

Sessions last one hour and run for 11 weeks. Various venues and week nights are available. There is a joint concert for all the groups in April at The Brunton in Musselburgh. Classes start the first week back after Christmas.

For more info on the project click here

To book click here by TUESDAY 18TH DECEMBER


P7 Success at Horrid Haddington

Huge Congratulations to King’s Meadow Primary School’s P7 classes who sang brilliantly at the Horrid Haddington Event on Friday. They drew a big crowd at the John Gray Centre and entertained everyone with their creative, informative and witty songs. Thank you to Councillor John McMillan for kicking things off and Ruth Fyfe for organising the event. Also thanks to Iain Bruce and Gica Loening from ELC Art’s Service /  YMI for providing the technical support!

Special thanks to Alan Penman for running the Song Writing Project at King’s Meadow.

Below are some photos and recordings of their songs.



Dark Tales of Haddington (P7c):

Haddington Rappington (P7b):

Tyne Line (P7a):

YMI & Haddington 700

We are delighted to be supporting the Haddington 700 celebrations this year. King’s Meadow Primary School’s P7 children have been involved in a YMI funded Song Writing Project with Alan Penman and will be presenting their finished masterpieces at the Horrid Haddington booklet launch on Friday 2-4pm at the John Gray Centre.

For further info on Haddington 700 and the Horrid Haddington event, please see the Facebook page:

Haddington 700

Keep checking back for an upload of the songs, once they are complete.