From rock to jazz; classical to choral: Edinburgh’s school children are a musical bunch, and this week a series of concerts will showcase their talents in the city’s annual spring school music festival.
Over 1,000 pupils will be taking part, from primary school children through to those about to study music in further education. Starting on Wednesday 17 March with a vocal & choral concert at St Mary’s Cathedral (7.15pm, £5/£2), the festival ends a week later on the 25th with a Battle of The Bands gig at the HMV Picture House (6.30pm, £5).
In between, an impressive array of musical talent is on offer. Friday 19th will see the Assembly rooms filled with the sounds of classical guitar (5pm, £5/£2) and wind instruments (6.15pm, £5/£2), whilst there on Saturday 20th, the Youth Music Initiative will be performing two daytime concerts (10am & 12.30pm, £5/£2).
Later, in the same venue, a concert of traditional music will feature pipers and harpists demonstrate their talents (1.45pm, £5/£2), followed an orchestral concert in the evening, featuring orchestras from Edinburgh’s primary & secondary schools, in addition to Edinburgh Schools Training Orchestra (7.30pm, £8/£2).
Then on Sunday 21st, the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestras will be jumping and jiving at the Jam House (3pm, £5/£2).
Organised as a way to not only showcase the city’s youthful musical talent, but to help children gain confidence, attending the Edinburgh Schools musical festival is a great way to support local talent and education – and you may also see some stars of tomorrow in action.
Tickets for all events are available from the Usher Hall Box Office (0131 228 1155) and online at www.usherhall.co.uk. Tickets for the Battle of the Bands gig are available from the HMV Picture House.