At Merchiston, we are blessed with a talented set of professionals that work "undercover" in the school, providing music lessons in and around the working day.
The boys learn an array of instruments: orchestral instruments, a range of Scottish instruments (the Scottish fiddle, accordion, bagpipes and snare drum), and instruments for popular music and jazz (the saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum kit). We have many singers in the school, with some taking individual instrument lessons as well; one of the most popular paths for our boys is to learn the piano, which is taught both traditionally and through jazz improvisation.
Over the course of the term the boys have been taking instrumental lessons, creating podcasts and radio shows and preparing videos for an online choir. We are looking forward to sharing their exploits with you.
We also thought we would share some performances from our talented instrumental teachers, as a thank you to so many of you who have continued to support instrumental lessons during this difficult period. Many of the teachers are active performers who fit in a busy schedule of touring and composing around teaching our pupils.
First up is Mr Kypridemos, our music assistant and piano teacher for the year.
George Kypridemos completed his BMus and MA in piano performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since then, he has been working as a pianist, improviser, accompanist and teacher. He joined Merchiston Castle School after completing his tenure as accompanist at the University of Edinburgh and releasing his debut improvisation album, ‘Ascending’, in 2019.
Watch his performance of Graham Fitkin's FLAK for two pianos/eight hands here
Find out more about our Music Department on our website.