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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.


Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir performs at Sunday services and in concerts both inside and outside the School. It has toured both at home and abroad.

Choral Society

The Choral Society consists of over 120 pupils. It rehearses each week and varies its repertoire between established major choral works and more popular music.

Close Harmony Group

The Close Harmony Group, consisting of approximately 20 pupils, performs light-hearted music, and rehearses weekly. It gives regular performances throughout the year both in and out of School.

Wind Group

The Wind Group performs in the termly School concerts and rehearses each Wednesday Morning. It performs a broad selection of material from film scores, popular songs, arrangements of classical pieces to show reviews.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band meets on Tuesday evenings and gives regular performances, completing a program of approximately six standards per year.

String Group

The string group meets every Wednesday morning and performs music from a range of styles at Whole School concerts.

Junior Folk Group

The Junior Folk Group meets every Thursday lunchtime and plays a selection of well-known Scottish tunes and traditional country dances.

Ceilidh Band

The Ceilidh band is reserved for senior folk musicians and focus on a selection of Reels, Jigs and Strathspeys.

Guitar Groups

There are junior and senior guitar groups that meet weekly to improve students’ ensemble experience and perform a range of popular music repertoire.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion ensemble meets every Friday morning to improve the School’s kit players’ ensemble awareness.

Pipe Bands

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 trips abroad, and was also invited to perform in Russia.