Previous Events

Click on the dates to read previous reviews and flick through the galleries below to see some of the previous performances, masterclasses and events NESMS pupils and tutors have been involved in through the years. We are regularly updating these galleries so be sure to check back. 

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Previous Concert Reviews

Cowdray Hall Lunchbreak Concerts
   12 March 2020 - Stephanie Walker, Aaron Magill, Emily Gow, Shirley Magill
   27 February 2020 - St Margaret's All Stars!
   18 October 2018 - Joseph Long : Debussy
   12 April 2018 - Joseph Long : Balakirev
   7 April 2018 - Roger Williams, Margaret Preston, Margaret Hearne and Gillian Jack
   5 October 2017 - Christopher Smith, Isla Cartney, Ngoni Masiyakurima, Imogene Newland
   27 April 2017 - Joseph Long:

Sibelius, Bartók, John Ireland
   19 January 2017 - Lisa Milne and Harry Williamson
   1 December 2016 - Joseph Long : Chopin
   10 November 2016 - NESMS Flute Choir
   28 April 2016 - Joseph Long : Mozart
   19 November 2015 - Rachel Groves, Alex Brown, Benedict Stammeijer, Drew Tulloch
   28 May 2015 - Ian Wilson, Roger Williams
   3 February 2015 - Joseph Long : Beethoven
   11 December 2014 - Fiona Marshall, Duncan Pirie, Miriam Aspden
   20 November 2014 - Kay Ritchie, Colin Brockie, Roger Williams
  3 October 2013 - Lisa Abraham, Emma Barnett, David Ferguson

40th Anniversary Piano Festival
     20 September 2015  

Nigel Clayton and Francesca Leonardi
     20 September 2015  

Joseph Long Plays Jazz
    19 September 2015  

Gina McCormack and Nigel Clayton  










Other Concerts Involving NESMS Performers
1 May 2018  Turriff & District Rotary Club Concert   

2 September 2018   Derek Buchan plays at Queen's Cross Church

18 June 2017   Grampian Youth Orchestra Summer Concert
   4 September 2016   Sunday @ 6 Piano Recital - Colin Sinclair
   5 March 2015   Celebrity Piano Recital - Joseph Long plays Chopin
   13 June 2014   Celebrity Piano Recital - Murray McLachlan
   27 May 2014   Turriff & District Rotary Club Concert
   30 March 2014   Two Cellos - Megan Rolf & James Halsey  

Other Special Events
NESMS at the Big Sky Studio
  1 - Grand Tour Concert   13 July 2019
  2 - The NESMS Clarinet Trio   10 August 2019
  31 August 2018
  Early Evening Concert -

The NESMS Clarinet Trio
   25 March 2018
  NESMS Student Concert -

Music From Around The World
   8 October 2017
  NESMS Student Concert -

Movies, Musicals and More!
   21 May 2017
  NESMS Jazz at The Blue Lamp
   5 March 2017
  NESMS Student Concert
   2 October 2016
  NESMS Student Concert

Masterclasses & Workshops

Keynote Lunches

The popular social highlight of the NESMS calendar is the Annual Keynote Lunch regularly held each November at the Marcliffle Hotel, Pitfodels in Aberdeen. What initially started off as a large scale auction event aimed towards corporate fundraising has been scaled back over the years but still includes a delicious two course Sunday lunch, musical performances from NESMS students or tutors and a Prize raffle draw.

Big Sky Studio concerts


In 2006 we launched the first Grade-1-athon challenge; inviting all local musicians to pick up one new instrument, having only one group lesson, then a 10 week  practice period before sitting a grade 1 exam! This event was in conjunction with Childrens First and was kindly sponsored by AMEC. The group lessons,  grouped per instrument, was held up at the old Summerhill School with local tutors.  We're pleased to say that everyone passed their exam and were presented with certificates and medals, presented by Jennifer Shirreffs of the NESMS Fundraising Committee.  Some students have since carried on with their "new" instrument and advanced up through the grades.

Summer Singing School 2019

In 2019 NESMS launched its first ever Summer Singing School for young students to come for an intensive week of singing lessons and rehearsals with Gillian Jack and Graeme Lauren and music theory sessions with Joseph Long. With songs tracing the history of Musical Theatre, from Scarlatti to Sondheim and Mozart to Menken, the building was filled with solos, duets, trios and ensemble singing all week culminating in a performance for friends and family held in the hall opposite NESMS, within St Mary's Cathedral.

NESMS Flute Choir performances