Nostalgia: Note worthy pupils

Children play instruments at Albany Nursery School in 1967

Children play instruments at Albany Nursery School in 1967

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There was music in the air around Edinburgh this week as Holy Rood RC High School music pupils recorded a charity single to raise funds for homelessness.

Students and teachers joined representatives from housing association Castlerock Edinvar to record the single at the Queen’s Hall, and it is hoped their musical talents will provide a major boost for Real Equality for All, an international charity that helps deliver sustainable solutions to homelessness and urban poverty in more than 20 countries.

The College of Piping at Broughton Primary in 1960

The College of Piping at Broughton Primary in 1960

The single will be released next month, and is another example of how the Capital has long been inspiring musical talent in its youngsters.

Back in November 1967, a children’s birthday party at Albany Nursery School in Madeira Street turned into a band practice as the children were all given instruments to play.

The Edinburgh Primary School orchestra was the place for talented youngsters to demonstrate their skills from a young age – and members in 1964 even got the chance to enjoy tea and biscuits.

The College of Piping at Broughton Primary School was teaching its new recruits how to play the chanter as it started off another generation of pipers in October 1960.

Members of the Edinburgh Primary Schools Orchestra in 1964

Members of the Edinburgh Primary Schools Orchestra in 1964

In June 1976, Alexander Gibson, the principal conductor with the Scottish National Orchestra, joined pupils from St Mary’s Music School orchestra to launch a public appeal to raise £70,000 for the school’s boarding house.

Loanhead Primary almost had its own orchestra as a huge group of pupils got together to learn recorder, brass instruments and percussion in January 1981.

Loanhead Primary pupils learn to play in 1981. Picture: Jack Crombie

Loanhead Primary pupils learn to play in 1981. Picture: Jack Crombie

Alexander Gibson at St Mary's Music School. Picture: Denis Straughan

Alexander Gibson at St Mary's Music School. Picture: Denis Straughan