The Music Department offers a wide range of orchestras, bands and ensembles that rehearse weekly throughout the year. These are open to all students.

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Extra Curricular Groups and Choirs

The music department offers all pupils many opportunities to take part in Extra Curricular music groups and Choirs. It is expected that all pupils receiving instrumental tuition through the City of Edinburgh Council, will take up this opportunity to further develop their skills.
There are many exciting opportunities to take part in gigs, shows and concerts throughout the year.




Instrumental Groups

Senior Wind Band
Junior Jazz Funk Band
Senior String Orchestra
Junior String Orchestra
Junior and Senior Guitar Ensembles
Clarsach Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Pipe Band/Chanter group

These groups will start rehearsals during the first week in September. Students who learn an instrument outside school are encouraged to join any of the groups listed above. Please see music staff for more details.

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All students at James Gillespie’s High School are also able to take part in the many choirs we operate throughout the year.

Choirs will rehearse and perform at two major concerts throughout the year, and many smaller groups of singers are given the opportunity to perform at various events, both within and out with school.


Senior Choir
S2/3 Choir
S1 Choir
Chamber Choir
Vocal Group
Gaelic Choir

Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestras/Bands/Ensembles

Edinburgh continues to offer band, orchestral and ensemble playing of a high standard in a number of different orchestras and bands.
These groups cater for the performer at all levels of study and involve pupils from schools across Edinburgh, thus creating a fantastic opportunity to meet other players and develop friendships as well as improving instrumental progress.
Entry to these groups is by audition – the music department will inform potential students of these auditions via instrumental staff and the student bulletin, which is available through the school website.

Instrumental teachers will identify pupils who have reached the appropriate standard and it is expected that, with encouragement

The following is a list of city-wide instrumental ensembles:

Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra (Grade 6+)        

Edinburgh Schools Training Orchestra (Grade 3-5)           

Lothian Schools Strathspey and Reel Society (grade 3+)             

Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra I  (Grade 5+)     

Edinburgh Schools Training Jazz Orchestra II (Grade 3-5)

Edinburgh Schools Wind Band (Grade 5+) 

Edinburgh Schools Classical Guitar Ensemble (Grade 3+)

Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble    

Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra