You will often hear music as soon as you arrive at Dunottar as the Music Department is based in the atmospheric surroundings of the mansion house and this illustrates perfectly the important role music plays in school life. With three choirs, a Senior Orchestra, Chamber and Jazz Ensembles, pupils have many opportunities to sing and play together and to perform to appreciative audiences. Instrumentalists, including percussionists, string players and rock musicians, also enjoy group playing and the Ballroom, which houses one of the school’s two grand pianos, is an ideal setting for recitals. A significant number of pupils elect to learn a musical instrument in school through individual instrumental lessons taught by visits music staff. Music Scholarships are offered to those who show exceptional potential on entry in Year 7 and Year 12.
In January 2021, we opened our £4.5million Performing Arts Centre. This state-of-the-art facility comprises a 500-seat theatre equipped with all the latest lighting and acoustic technology, large drama studio, along with multiple music classrooms and practice rooms. This fantastic new facility provides a unique performance space to motivate and inspire our young musicians.