Music and Drama

Opportunities in the Performing Arts

A very large number of boys from Stewart's Melville College participate in music, drama and dance, either on their own or in joint activities with the girls of The Mary Erskine School, and the school's rich cultural life offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved, learn new skills and have fun.

  • Our extensive Music and Drama programme earned us the 2023 Independent Schools of the Year Award in the Performing Arts, Music and Drama category
  • Boys from Stewart's Melville College regularly perform as the official Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Choir
  • Over 600 senior boys from Stewart's Melville College and girls from The Mary Erskine School are actively involved on a regular basis in over 50 choirs, orchestras, ensembles and bands
  • Over 40 concerts, musicals, dance events and dramatic productions are held every session including Jazz and Blues, rock music and choral performances and events
  • Boys have had the opportunity to perform in professional local and international venues including the Usher Hall, Greyfriars Kirk, St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and at the Homboldt University in Berlin
  • The schools offer first class performing arts facilities with professional sound and lighting capabilities

All of these opportunities help our boys grow in confidence, both on and off the stage.