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The Music Department embraces all styles of musical
performance and runs the following regular groups, in addition to
which numerous smaller 'ad hoc' groups are formed from time to
time, and boys get many solo performance opportunities, not least
in the weekday assemblies which include music.
The Chapel Choir performs at Sunday
services and in concerts both inside and outside the School. It has
toured regularly both at home and abroad.
The Choral Society consists of
over 120 pupils. It rehearses each week and varies its repertoire
between established major choral works and more popular
The School has a Chapel
Choir and a Choral Society.
The Close Harmony Group,
consisting of approximately 15 pupils, performs light-hearted
music, and rehearses weekly. It gives regular performances
throughout the year. In 2008 it undertook a joint tour to Canada
with the Pipe Band.
The Orchestra performs in
the termly school concerts and rehearses each Thursday evening. It
is sometimes divided up to form smaller chamber groups such as a
string orchestra, and chamber groups such as string quartets are
The Jazz Band meets on Monday
evenings gives regular performances. The
Junior Ensemble is a training group for younger boys
not yet of a standard to play in the other school groups. It
rehearses each week, and performs in the termly Pringle House
There are both Senior and Junior Pipe
Bands. Both perform at concerts and on important occasions
within the School, and the former takes part in external
competitions and schools' piping events. In recent years the Band
has made an Annual Trip abroad, and was also invited to perform in
Russia. In 2008 it undertook a joint tour to Canada with the
Close Harmony Group.
Instrumental tuition is available on a
wide range of instruments. Instrumental lessons generally take
place within the academic teaching day, but are rotated each week
to ensure that no particular class lesson is missed frequently. For
VI Formers, every effort is made to timetable instrumental lessons
during private study periods or free time, and for younger pupils,
every effort is made to avoid clashes with 'problem'
subjects. Ample opportunity is given for pupils to give solo
performances in the School's instrumental concerts.
Boys are able to learn a wide range of
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