Music and Drama

Creative Opportunities at ESMS: The stage is set for every child

At ESMS, we offer unrivalled creative opportunities for our boys and girls to express themselves through music, drama and dance. Our extensive Music and Drama programme earned us the 2023 Independent Schools of the Year Award in the Performing Arts, Music and Drama category.

Whether it is representing the school and Edinburgh as the official The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo choir, as we have done for the last five years, appearing in a professional West End touring musical or international operas as children from the schools have done over 800 times, appearing in one of the 40 concerts, musicals, dance events and dramatic productions in school each session or being involved in more than 50 choirs, orchestras, ensembles and bands at school, every child has the chance to shine.

Recent opportunities in music and drama include:

Senior School Carol Concert

ESMS bands, orchestras and choirs

Kaleidoscope Dance Show

The annual Mary Erskine School dance show

Blood Wedding

ESMS senior school play


ESMS Junior School performing as the official choir for Joseph

ESMS Pipe Band

Pipe Band concerts and competitions

A Jazz and Blues concert every session

ESMS senior school concert


ESMS Junior School musical

Confessions of a Justified Sinner

ESMS senior school play


ESMS performing at The Usher Hall

Shakespeare Festival

ESMS S1 and S2 Festival of Shakespeare

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

ESMS singing at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo