Born in Edinburgh, John Gourlay was educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh, then trained and worked as a teacher before spending three years at the University of York studying the music of Luciano Berio. As a lecturer at Glasgow Arts Centre (1983-92) he developed an interest in jazz education and, returning to school teaching, set up the Strathclyde Arts Centre Jazz Band and Workshop and tutored on the first National Youth Orchestra of Scotland jazz courses.


John Gourlay and Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society @ Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
May 1 @ 7:30 pm


Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s concert features two pieces by John Gourlay: The Weaving Midnight Moon and Soft Music 5.

The concert also features three pupil compositions from the orchestra’s 2017-18 composition project run by John. The pupil composers are Katie Grieve & Isobel Grieve (Madras College, St Andrews) and James Miller (Woodmill High Scholl, Dunfermline).