I have undertaken music projects in a variety of settings and for a range of organisations, including the ones below.

East Lothian Council

Storytelling with Music (P1-P3) 2014-2018
A series of 3 1-hour workshops based upon an adaptation of a traditional tale that combines story-telling and creative music approaches. Supporting activities sheet provided. I am currently working on a new story following the success of The Wishing Tree, which was inspired by Thomas the Rhymer.

Notes on a Story (P1-P3) 2008-2014
Using a storybook on a theme of health and well being as inspiration for learning and inventing music together in classes over 3 1-hour workshops. Supporting activities sheet provided.

Notes on a Story CPD 2008-2012
Presentation to Early Years teachers and Nursery workers of the concepts behind Notes on a Story and ways of structuring and running a text-based music project in the classroom or Nursery.

Surround Sound (P5-P6) 2010-2013
One-off workshops exploring how nature and the environment can inspire music, using found natural materials. Invited by Law Primary School, North Berwick to participate in a wider celebration of Berwick Law based on this workshop. This was published in Music Education UK magazine with contributions from teachers (see below).
Surround Sound at Law Primary School

Strolling on Song (P4-P7) 2009-2011
Collaborative song-writing exploring themes of health and wellbeing over 3 2-hour workshops, culminating in performances and recordings.

Magical Music (Additional Support Needs)
Stand-alone improvisational music workshops with young adults with additional support needs.

Historic Scotland

Borders Abbeys Music Resource 2016-2018
Development of a teaching resource for upper Primary School teachers to use when visiting the Scottish Borders Abbeys. This self-led resource is intended to be used by non-music specialists, taking the setting as an inspiration for a creative musical response while exploring the abbey sites.

Fragments of Red
Cross-genre collaboration with performance and visual artists, working with P5 and P6 children from Melrose Primary School in a creative response to The Hawick Missal, a medieval manuscript with music for Melrose Abbey. The children’s music was a key part of the public performance at the abbey that included the premiere of new work by Grayson Ives and was part of the wider Fragments Project. (2014)

Artlink Central, Stirling 2011-12

Collaboration with visual artists and children with Additional Support Needs making the transition from Primary to High School, resulting in sharing through video (Sounds of the Forest) and shared performance (Oh! The Places You’ll See!).

Transitions: Sounds of the Forest Music for animations created with visual artists Emma Bowen and Natalie Taylor (2011)
The Awesome Forest
The Little Seed That Could

Transitions: Oh, the Places You’ll See! Music, performance and collaboration with visual artist Emma Bowen (2012)

Falkirk Royal Hospital Children’s Ward visiting musician (2012)
Project offering various music-making opportunities to children of all ages for 2 hours a week over a 6-week period.
Breakfast Tune

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Story and Music-making from Nature and Place (2013)
One-day workshop collaborating with storyteller Malcolm Green exploring ways of creating story and music rooted in specific locations and environments.

Scottish Borders Council

Border Reivers Project (2011-2014)
With visual artist/ educator Jane Gaze at Trinity Primary School, Hawick. Working with P5-P7 classes in a cross-curricular school project exploring a Border Ballad that is dramatised by the school pupils and teachers. Assisting in the composition rehearsal and performance of music by the children as they work towards a public performance at the annual Borders Reivers Festival in Hawick.

  • Jamie Telfer o’ the Fair Dodheid (2011)
  • Thomas the Rhymer (2012)
  • Jock o’ the Side (2013)
  • Tam Lin (2014)

Archaeology Scotland

Archaeoacoustics teaching resources (2012)
Research and preparation of cross-curricular teaching resources suitable for Upper Primary/ Lower Secondary age children, exploring the acoustics of ancient monuments.


Meet Gordon and his flutes (2013)
Recital/presentation for young children and families, introducing them to flutes and whistles used in traditional Scottish music.

Wee Skirl (2015)
Recital/presentation for preschool children, Heriothill Nursery, Edinburgh, introducing them to flutes and whistles used in traditional Scottish music.

Music Publications

  • Back to Front? Gordon Turnbull explores an unusual quirk in Irish flute playing, FLUTE, September 2011 (PDF link) (British Flute Society)
  • With an Irish Accent: Gordon Turnbull looks at different styles of Irish flute playing, FLUTE, March 2012 (PDF link) (British Flute Society
  • Hearing the Hill — Natural sounds, music and cross-curricular learning MusicEducation UK, Feb 2012. Approaches to exploring and incorporating natural found objects and sounds in Primary music-making, incorporating this into a whole-school multi-disciplinary celebration of Berwick Law in East Lothian./li>
  • Hearing the Hill, — Natural sounds, music and cross-curricular learning MusicEducation Asia, May-August 2012