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Young Musician of the Year 2019

The annual Young Musician of the Year competition takes place this term.  Auditions will be held after the February holiday and the Young Musician Final will take place on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm.

There are two sections:  Junior competition for S1 – S3 pupils and the Senior competition for S4 – S6 pupils.

Singers, drum kit players and traditional instrument players are not eligible to participate.  All orchestral instruments and pianists are invited to take part.

Auditions:  All entrants will play one piece at audition stage.  Junior competitors must perform at minimum level grade 2.  Senior competitors must perform at minimum level grade 5.

Final:  If successful at audition stage, Junior competitors will play one piece in the final.  Senior competitors will prepare a programme of two contrasting pieces not exceeding 8 minutes.

What are we looking for?  Successful competitors will be those who prepare well for their audition by playing with great expression and technical accuracy.

Monday 7th January 2019

This is a reminder that there will be no rehearsal for the Primary Orchestra and Primary Band on Monday 7th January 2019.  Rehearsals resume on Monday 14th January.  Please note that Mrs McLean’s pupils will still have lessons 7th/8th January.

Changes to rehearsal times

  • From January 2019 the Kick Start Band will meet on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1pm in the Learning Zone.  The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 15th January..
  • The Junior Band will meet on Fridays from 3:35 – 4:30pm in C9.
  • All other ensembles including Kick Start Orchestra remain unchanged.

Secondary Christmas Concert Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule Monday 10th December 2018

8.45           Junior Band

9.30           String Quartets

9.55           String Orchestra / Fiddle Group

11.00        Junior Orchestra

11.30        Senior Big Band

12.00        Senior Band (percussion must be set up ready)

1.15           Flute Group 

1.45           ALL CHOIRS     

3.35           Rock Group

6pm          GUITAR GROUP – meet Mr McGirr in the Hall


Cello lessons – 30th November

Due to unforeseen circumstances Mrs Kerr will not be in school tomorrow.  There will be no cello lessons however Kick Start Orchestra will rehearse as normal.

Timetable changes

Please be aware that due to whole school timetable changes, there have had to be some amendments to a few Music Instruction timetables.  If you are taught by Mrs Kerr, Mr Mansfield, Mr Archibald or Mr Mackay, you should look at their updated timetables.  These take effect from Friday 16th November.

Tuesday 6th November

Guitarists – Mr Girr is unwell and will not be in school today.

Drum kit – Mr Mackay will teach upstairs in C8 until interval today. Periods 3-6 will be in the Learning Zone.