Music and Drama Extra-Curricular Activities

January 21st, 2019 by

Please have a look at the extra-curricular activities on offer from the Music and Drama department:

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Battle of the Bands 2018

February 1st, 2018 by

Battle of the Bands

The ‘Tuesday Troublemakers’, consisting of Duncanrig pupils Jamie Allan, Patrick Proven (S6)and Marco Tennie, Tyler Dalglish (S5) will be performing along with several other school bands and guest artist ‘Be Charlotte’ at South Lanarkshire’s Battle of the Bands in Hamilton Townhouse on Thursday 15th February at 7pm.  Please come along and show your support.

Tickets priced £5 adults and £3.50 concessions are available from Hamilton Town House Box Office – 01698 452299, online at, or on the door.

More information can be found on the Battle of the Bands Facebook page:

Concert Band Success

December 4th, 2017 by

Concert Band

Our concert band was performing at the Scottish Concert Band Festival Regional competition in Livingston over the weekend.  I am delighted to inform you that they performed beyond their years and walked away with yet another GOLD AWARD!  Their performance means that the band have qualified for the national finals at Perth Concert Hall in March.

As always they were outstanding from start to finish and deserve all the plaudits going. Special mention goes to Finn Mason who played his solo at the start of our final piece superbly.

Thanks go to Mr McLean, Mr Hart and Mrs Edgar for travelling with the band and providing outstanding support during, before and after the performance.

Rotary Club Meeting

September 8th, 2017 by

Rotary Girls

Last Friday, 3 of our fifth year pupils were invited to a meeting with the Rotary Club to discuss the Duncanrig Music Department’s recent European tour.

The Club made a very generous donation prior to the trip and the girls were delighted to provide a presentation detailing how their money was spent, how incredible it is to have the opportunity to take part in such wonderful experiences, and express their gratitude on behalf of our School and the Music Department.

The three girls, Brea Jenkins, Heather Gildie and Molly Fairley, along with the Principal Teacher of Music and Drama, Mrs Ramsay met with the Rotary Club on Friday afternoon at the Bruce Hotel. The girls were surprised and grateful to find that lunch was being provided for them and they were allowed the opportunity to talk to a number of the members about their experiences thus far at Duncanrig Secondary School.

The Club were extremely welcoming and a joy to talk to, and the girls, on behalf of all our pupils, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and hospitality. Both the East Kilbride and Kittoch Rotary Clubs have shown great support for our school and the Music Department and without their generosity we would not be able to provide the experiences and opportunities for our pupils that we do.

On behalf of all of the pupils at Duncanrig, and the girls who were invited along on Friday, we would like to say thank you to the Rotary Club for their support and continued benevolence.

Music and Drama Festival 2017 (MADfest 17)

June 6th, 2017 by


Our annual music and drama festival takes place this year and the arrangements are shown below;

Drama categories will run in school during the day on Monday 12th June and are not open to the public

Music classes will take place on Tuesday 13th June in Westwood Parish Church and friends and family are welcome to attend.


Young Classical Musician of the Year – 10 am

Young Contemporary Musician of the Year – 11.30 am

Young Composer of the Year – 1.30 pm


You can hear all class winners perform at our Summer Concert in school on Wednesday June 14th.   The concert will be held in the Street area and will commence at



Concert Band Go Viral!

May 24th, 2017 by


Due to the quality of their performance and the way they engaged the audience at the recent Scottish Concert Band Festival, our Concert Band now feature on the Scottish Concert Band Festival Website and their Youtube channel to showcase their piece ‘Happy’ .

This is a major accolade to our pupils and they should be extremely proud of themselves.  Please click on the links below to enjoy the performance.

Nicola Benedetti Masterclass

May 22nd, 2017 by

Nicola B masterclass 18th May 2017

On the 18th of May, 6 Duncanrig pupils joined a number of selected pupils from South Lanarkshire schools for an incredible opportunity to see and hear one of the world’s most esteemed classical musicians perform and to work with a selection of talented violinists from St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. 

The event was an unforgettable experience for our pupils who gained advice and insights to help them with their playing and also for those who got that sought after autograph!!

Cara Irvine  Erin Jenkins Hannah Kelly 

Eilidh Campbell   Ben Withers   Chloe Currie  

Well done to all.  Lets get playing!!


Concert Band Success

March 21st, 2017 by


I am delighted to announce the following musical accolades that were secured at the Scottish Concert Band Festival Finals in Perth on Saturday.

Our Concert Band were awarded a Gold award for their performances of Aztec Fire and Canticum in the Achieving Bands class and also received the Entertainment Award for their choreographed performance of “Happy”.

As always, our pupils were a real credit to the school and should be congratulated, along with their director Mr Shanks, for everything they have achieved this session.


Megan Crombie 5C2
Chloe McCulloch 5C1
Heather McClimens 3A2
Charlie Geddes 1B1
Nathan Crosbie 1A1
Robyn Edwards 6B2
Finn Mason 5CSB
Laura Galasso 4A3
Heather Gildie 4C1
Ross Cooper 1B1
Arlena Edwards 1D3
Alto Sax
Eilidh Russell 6D2
Brea Jenkins 4C1
Jai Mason 2B1
Sean Dyer 2B3
Mirren McIvor 1A2
Hannah Balloch 2A2
Tenor Sax
Fraser Cooper 6A1
Eleanor Hardy 4C2
Bari Sax
Nikki Aitken 5B2
Calum Blair 6A1
Louise Nally 6C2
Molly Fairley 4D1
Fraser Jackson 4A3
Claire Nally 3C2
Alexx Clarkson 3B2
Lara Marks 3D1
Anna Cochrane 3A2
Archie Wallace 2D2
Cameron Brown 3A1
Iona McCallum 1C1
Aidan Neil 4D2
Chloe Branney 1C3
Adam Hood 2A1
Scott Tavendale 4D1
Bass Guitar
Matthew Harkness 6B1
Liam Madden 4A3
Rachel McGown 3D1
Kirsten Docherty 5B1
Amy Royer 2A3
Emma Simpson 2A1
Joshua Masih 2B3
Erin Jenkins 1C1
Hannah Kelly 1C1


Concert Band Success

March 17th, 2017 by


Our school concert band, directed by the inspiring Mr Shanks, did us proud at the South Lanarkshire Music Showcase at the Hamilton Townhouse last night.  They closed the show with a choreographed performance of “Happy” that got the audience dancing in their seats.  They were a real credit to both Mr Shanks, who has worked tirelessly to get them to such an advanced standard, and to our school.  The band go on to compete in the Scottish Concert Band festival in Perth this Saturday.  I am sure you will join me in wishing them well.

Duncanrig was well represented in other acts too.  Three of our concert band members also performed an outstanding rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” with the South Lanarkshire Big Band, directed by our guitar instructor Mr Murray.  Former pupil Jasmine Reid conducted her school’s Junior choir in an Adele medley.


Emotional Return to Glasgow Music Festival

March 6th, 2017 by

Emotional Return to Glasgow Music Festival

Kerr Gildie made an emotional return to the Royal Concert Hall recently as part of Duncanrig’s Senior Ceilidh and Folk Band.

To read of his amazing recovery from a very serious injury just click on the link below: