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Young Musician of the Year 2022 Finalists

Thank you to all pupils who entered the Young Musician of the Year competition.  As always the standard was very high.  The following pupils were successful at the audition stage and will compete in the final on Thursday 17th March at 7pm.

Junior competition – Logan Armstrong,  Fraser Smith,  Joe Carty,  Ellen Phillips,  Alistair Hillis,  Jamie Rodger,  Adam Winter,  Rebecca Forrester,  Jenna Wong,  Katherine Ross,  Martha Johnson,  Eleanor Winter

Senior competition – Erin Miller,  Iona Hamilton,  Euan Aitken,  Daka Zvekare,  Eleanor Carrie,  Fiona Bruton

Junior finalists should prepare one piece.

Senior finalists should prepare a programme of music not exceeding 10 minutes.

As we are not able to invite parents in to the school still, competitors are allowed to bring two friends from Jordanhill School to come along and support.  Hopefully this will help to create a suitable performance atmosphere.

All competitors should report to the Staff Room at 6:30pm.

Young Musician of the Year 2022

This year’s 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 Thursday 17th 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 complete 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 contrasting music not exceeding 10 minutes.  Two external judges will be present to adjudicate both competitions.

What are we looking for?  Successful competitors will be those who prepare well for their audition allowing them to give a technically assured performance which also displays considerable musical sensitivity.

To apply, please see Mr Langford before the end of January.

Bands & Orchestras August 2021

Bands and Orchestras will resume on Monday 6th September unless otherwise notified.

Personnel lists for bands and orchestras are now available to view here.  Rehearsal times and venues can be viewed here.  There will be no Primary Band this year as we have not been able to recruit new wind and brass players over the past couple of years.  Players who would have been in this ensemble will be invited to attend the Junior Band instead.

Attending bands / orchestras is an essential part of your musical development and all pupils must attend.  Failure to do so may result in lessons being withdrawn.  If you have any clashes, please speak to Mrs Gilmour or Mr Langford.

Bands only – For the time being, there will be no full rehearsals.  We will start with sectional rehearsals to reduce the number of people blowing down instruments at any one time.  Information about who is required when will appear on your band Teams page (secondary groups only.)  Kick Start Band members should all attend for the first week on Tuesday 7th September.  Instruments will not be required at this rehearsal.

The Music Department are really excited about getting groups back up and running again and I hope that pupils are equally as excited – this has been a long time coming!

Music lessons August 2021

Welcome back everyone!  Timetables will be available here very shortly.  I’ll also post them on Teams.  Changes to venues are as follows:

Ms Spears will teach in the Assembly Hall.

Mr Leonard, Mr Cowling, Mrs Douglas, Mrs Dickie and Mr Archibald will teach in the Seminar Room (C10).

Extra Curricular Ensembles

Welcome back everyone! It is hoped that extra curricular ensembles will return w/b 6th September.  Here is a reminder of the times and venues for bands and orchestras.  Bands will most likely meet section at a time ie. trumpets one week, flutes another week.  Smaller ensembles will be arranged with pupils directly.  Please remember to sanitise your hands before entering a rehearsal.  Thank you.


The gazebos are in the outdoor courtyard near to the Learning Zone.

Gazebo 1


Gazebo 2


Monday Ms Spears Mr Leonard
Tuesday Mr Cowling Mr Langford
Wednesday Ms Spears Mr Langford
Thursday Mrs Dickie Mr Langford
Friday Mr Archibald Ms Earnshaw

Music Instruction Update April 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you have all had a restful holiday.  Music Instructors are looking forward to seeing pupils face to face this term.  I hope pupils are equally as excited!  Please read the following information regarding music lessons from next week:

Strings / Guitar / Percussion / Drum Kit

Lessons for the above instruments will take place in school.  Timetables will be posted on pupils’ Teams pages.

Woodwind / Brass / Voice

Lessons for these instruments will take place in school.  Pupils is S4, S5 & S6 taking NQ Music at National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher level will receive their lessons in the Seminar Room (Room C10).  All other pupils will receive their lessons in the gazebos, which are situated in the outdoor courtyard near to the Learning Zone.  For the first week, pupils should wait outside the Learning Zone where their instructor will meet them.  In the event of bad weather, lessons will take place indoors in a practice room.  Timetabling for these lessons has been extremely challenging so please bear with me if there are any teething problems.   Timetables will be posted on pupils’ Teams pages.

Face coverings should be worn by pupils at all times, apart from when singing or when blowing down instruments.  Pupils should continue to observe 2 metre distancing from instructors.

I hope that things run smoothly in the coming weeks and that the sun continues to shine!

Best wishes,

Andrew Langford

Principal Music Instructor

Music Instruction Update January 2021

Happy New Year!

All Music Instruction lessons will be being delivered online via Teams for the time being.  Lessons begin next week so pupils should log into Teams as soon as possible to arrange suitable times with their instructor.  Some instructors will communicate with pupils directly via the chat facility, others will direct pupils to a sign up page in their OneNote class notebook.  Children of key workers will be offered times when they are not in school in order to reduce foot fall around the school and increase pupil safety.  As before, there will need to be a certain degree of flexibility in order to accommodate each instructor’s own home circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding with this, once again.

Best wishes,

Andrew Langford

Principal Music Instructor