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. Boys are given 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 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 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.
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.
The Jazz Band meets on Tuesday evenings and gives regular performances, completing a program of approximately six standards per year.
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.
The Ceilidh band is reserved for senior folk musicians and focus on a selection of Reels, Jigs and Strathspeys.
There are junior and senior guitar groups that meet weekly to improve students’ ensemble experience and perform a range of popular music repertoire.
The Percussion ensemble meets every Friday morning to improve the School’s kit players’ ensemble awareness.
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.
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.