P5 Scottish Opera Performance

Many thanks to parent Jimmy Chow and Mrs Hogan for filming and to Jimmy for editing this great video of the P5 performance of Scotiish Opera’s “A Tale O’ Tam O’Shanter” on 14th June 2017.

The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

Marvellous Music Showcase


We were delighted to showcase some of the music activities and groups at Sciennes on Thursday 25th May at Marchmont St Giles Church. The orchestra, choir, vocal accapella, recorder, Spanish guitar, P2a & P5a buddy choir and Melissa performed beautifully and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to use the church. Many thanks to Mrs Samanda Campbell for organising and leading with Mrs Noble.



Scottish Opera Unwrap La Boheme for P6 and P7

Thank you so much to Audrey Blake and our friends at Scottish Opera for a wonderful opportunity for six of our classes ( P6 and P7) to visit the Festival Theatre on Thursday 1st June for Puccini’s “La Boheme” Unwrapped. Fantastic orchestra, powerfully emotive singing and wonderful story telling, with a fascinating behind the scenes exploration of the incredibly detailed staging of this glorious opera production. And what a great introduction to our pupils to the many different roles and careers within the production, including stage management, set design, singing and conducting! Bravo!

Superb P5 Performance of Scottish Opera’s "A Tale O’ Tam O’Shanter"

Outstanding P5s in Scottish Opera’s fabulous “A Tale O’ Tam O’Shanter”

What a fabulous performance on Wednesday 14th June from Primary Five! They were word perfect and in fine voice for an outstanding production of ‘A Tale O’ Tam O’Shanter’ with Scottish Opera. The team from Scottish Opera – Alan, Ryan, Kirsty and Neil – yet again wove their magic, as only they can, with high energy, focus and lots of fun to choreograph the entire show in a single day. We are also grateful to musical director Roger who spent a day with the pupils a few weeks ago. The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and rose to the occasion superbly, inspired by the fantastic turnout. Tip top job by Mrs McVicker, Mrs Hogan, Ms French and Miss Thistlethwaite in preparing them so well and thank you to all the families who came along to shout “Bravo!” and “Encore!” Hannah’s dad Jimmy Chow very kindly filmed the show and took photographs for us which we will share in due course. Here are a few photographs meanwhile:

The hour approaches, Tam maun ride. Superb singing from Ryan

In fine voice

Before him Doon pours all his floods

Hannah danced superbly weel as the De’il
“Weel done, Cutty Sarkl” and superb singing by Kirsty as Kate and Nanny
The carlin claught her by the rump, And left poor Maggie scarce a stump”
Thank you to Alan and Neil (sound engineer) for bringing all the elements of the performance together so well. Another triumph for Scottish Opera!

Excellent preparation by the staff, giving the children extraordinary confidence and zest in performance

Cluster Transition Music with EUMS at JGHS

Our three P7 classes have been invited to take part in Edinburgh University Music Students’ (EUMS) Outreach programme on Tuesday 7th February, where pupils will learn about the different instruments in an orchestra in a lively and engaging presentation. We are delighted to be participating in this Cluster Transition event, hosted by Deirdre O’Brien (Expressive Arts Faculty Leader) at James Gillespie’s High School. Thank you very much to Briony Pickford (EUMS Community Outreach Manager) for working with us to arrange this special opportunity for P7.

P7 Perform in JGHS Christmas Concert at Usher Hall

What a wonderful showcase of the terrific musical talents of the young people and staff of James Gillespie’s High School at the Usher Hall Christmas Concert on Tuesday 20th December 2016! Cluster Primary Seven pupils from Sciennes, Tollcross, James Gillespie’s Primary, Preston Street, Royal Mile and Taobh na Pairce Primary Schools really rose to the occasion, sang beautifully and made everyone so proud. Thank you to JGHS Performing Arts Faculty Leader Mrs Deirdre O’Brien and her team for inviting the children to participate and organising the whole event.

Eighty of our own P7 pupils took to the stage and we commend their confidence and their ‘can do’ attitude, bolstered by lots of hard work and rehearsal with their Class Teachers. We are very grateful for the tremendous parental support in enabling so many of our pupils to participate this year.

So lovely to see so many of our former pupils also shine on stage. A memorable, exciting way to end the year that gives our pupils a flavour of all the musical possibilities that await them at secondary school next year.

Future Talent

Do you have a musical talent but need support, guidance and financial help? 
Future Talent is now accepting applications from young instrumentalists or singers and from any musical genre for 2017/18. 

Future Talent supports gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds for anywhere in the UK. Our Mentoring, Advice and Bursary Programme offers free orchestral days and performance classes, mentoring with a professional musician/conductor, development opportunities and a financial bursary worth up to £2,000 per year. Our aim is to give these talented young musicians an equal chance to enter a musical career, who might otherwise not get the opportunity due to lack of funds or experience. 

The closing date is Monday the 16th January 2017. For more information, please visit www.futuretalent.org 020 3457 1310 or email lucia@futuretalent.org