Gordonstoun Music Department offers many exciting opportunities for students to develop their musical ability. Such opportunities exist within the curriculum, within individual instrumental lessons and in the Music Department’s diverse extra-curricular provision. Students are actively encouraged to learn an instrument and participate in a wide range of organised musical activities and performances.
Individual instrumental lessons are available in the following disciplines:
- Strings: Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double-Bass
- Brass: Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn
- Woodwind: Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Bassoon, Recorder
- Guitar: Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
- Percussion: Drum Kit, Orchestral Percussion, Tuned Percussion
- Voice Studies
- Keyboard: Piano, Organ
- Clarsach, Accordion
- Bag Pipes, Pipe Drumming
- Music Technology / Studio Techniques
A Music Department team of specialist teachers delivers all curricular, vocal and instrumental lessons. Students have the opportunity to study orchestral, jazz, rock, and traditional Scottish instruments. These weekly lessons are complemented by a comprehensive and diverse ensemble activity programme, available to all students.
Currently rehearsing and performing at Gordonstoun are:
- Gordonstoun Symphony Orchestra
- Gordonstoun Chamber Orchestra
- Gordonstoun Symphonic Choir
- Gordonstoun Chamber Choir
- Concert Band
- String Orchestra
- Wind and string chamber music ensembles
- Gordonstoun Pipe Band
- Training Pipe Band
- Gordonstoun Jazz Band
- Rock Bands
- Other chamber ensembles
Listen to musical extracts from Gordonstoun's students.
Gordonstoun Symphony Orchestra
The Gordonstoun Symphony Orchestra is an all inclusive orchestra open to all Gordonstoun and Aberlour students of a suitable ability. If they can play the music (as judged by their instrumental teacher) then they can be a member of the GSO. The GSO performs a mixed repertoire of accessible music from popular classics to musicals and film music. The GSO may occasionally come together with the Gordonstoun Symphonic Chorus to perform large scale, major joint choral/orchestral works. Some sectionals for the GSO will take place in their activity music practice sessions and instrumental teachers will help students with the repertoire during their 1:1 instrumental lessons.
Gordonstoun Chamber Orchestra
The Gordonstoun Chamber Orchestra is made up of Gordonstoun’s most advanced musicians, members of our instrumental staff and any Gordonstoun musical teaching staff and cover mostly ‘classical’ repertoire. Approximate minimum standard: Gd 7 ABRSM.
Gordonstoun Symphonic Choir
Gordonstoun’s Symphonic Choir is open to absolutely anyone who enjoys singing. It is expected that all singing students as well as all GCSE and A-Level students will attend this choir. Staff are also very welcome and encouraged. The GSC will cover a mixed repertoire (musicals, classical, jazz, festive etc).
Gordonstoun Chamber Choir
The Chamber Choir is limited to approximately 18 advanced students. They are selected by audition and are expected to be very committed to the ensemble. The chamber choir enjoy a very busy performing and rehearsal schedule performing at numerous engagements, functions and concerts throughout the year.
The Performing Arts play an essential part in ensuring the health and vitality of the school community. The emphasis is on participation, teamwork, personal development and quality, and these are especially important when music, drama and dance come together for the staging of musicals. There have been many memorable, exciting and indeed award-winning, collaborative performances.
Gordonstoun Concerts Society
The Concerts Society promotes six or seven concerts a year by distinguished artists of both national and international standing. The programme gives students and members of the public a chance to hear classical, contemporary, jazz and world music.
Artists also give masterclasses to students and lecture recitals to Sixth Formers. Composition and percussion workshops have led to works by students being premiered at evening concerts. Students are encouraged to attend the concerts, especially those studying GCSE and A-Level music.