The School has a strong tradition of choral music, with on average 140 boys as members of the Choral Society.
The Chapel Choir and Close Harmony Group perform regularly at School Chapel, and at School occasions. Major concerts are given each term both in the School, which has a purpose-built Music School, and at other venues in and around Edinburgh. Nearly, half the School learns an instrument.
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 Sixth 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.