Scotland’s Oldest School Celebrates Origins with Gala Concert at Royal Concert Hall


In a momentous celebration of its 900-year history, The High School of Glasgow recently hosted a Gala Concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This prestigious event paid homage to the school’s roots, tracing back to its founding as the Sang School of Glasgow Cathedral in the 12th century. Over 300 pupils, spanning from Junior 4 to Senior 6, graced the stage in a meticulously curated performance that had been months in the making.

A Musical Tribute

The audience was treated to captivating performances from various school choirs and ensembles:

  • Junior 4 to Junior 6 Choir
  • Transitus to Senior 2 Choir
  • Senior 3 to Senior 6 (and staff) Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Award-winning Pipe Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • String Ensemble

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The evening reached its crescendo with a rousing finale recital of ‘Highland Cathedral,’ a piece arranged and generously lent to the school by Martin Thomson. Every musician and singer who had graced the stage throughout the evening came together for this memorable performance.

Rector’s Reflection

Rector John O’Neill expressed the significance of performing on the grand stage of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He emphasized the proximity of this location to where the school’s journey began centuries ago. The Gala Concert was the culmination of tireless effort, countless rehearsals, and unwavering dedication. For the Sixth Year performers, it marked the end of their school musical careers, while for others, it signaled the beginning of a lifelong journey in music.

A Legacy of Voices

Since its inception, The High School of Glasgow has nurtured children’s voices, helping them find expression and passion. As the school celebrates its 900th anniversary, this legacy continues, shaping the musical talents of generations to come.

By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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