Be a Chorister Afternoon - for children P3 to P5.

Find out what it's like to be a chorister and part of the award-winning Choir of St Mary's Cathedral. 

Friday 15th November, 2pm to 6pm. Free. Booking essential. 

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Our School

St Mary’s Music School is one of nine Government-supported specialist music and dance schools in the UK and the only one of its kind in Scotland. We offer a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment. We are also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. St Mary's Music School is co-educational, non-denominational and we attract day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

Entry to St Mary's Music School is by audition and assessment, based on musical ability and potential, regardless of personal financial circumstances or background. Scottish Government funding, up to 100 per cent, is available through the Aided Places Scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees. We are funded by fees, private and trust donations and rental income generated by the school.

There are currently 81 pupils at the school of whom 49 are day students and 32 are boarders, together with one part-time student. In addition, we run a long-established programme of Friday and Saturday Music Classes for children aged 4-14 during term time, enabling some 150 local children to discover the wonders of music.

The Choir School was opened in 1880 to educate the choristers for the newly built St Mary’s Cathedral. Links to the Cathedral remain strong and have evolved over the years so that the choir is open to girls as well as boys.

Since 1972 the school has also educated young instrumentalists, composers and singers. Appropriately for Scotland’s specialist music school, we attract a number of pupils who perform on traditional instruments such as bagpipes, accordion and clarsach.

In addition to its wide-ranging musical provision, St Mary's Music School has a strong academic focus and has an excellent record in external examinations.

 

Instrumental Learning

Choir School

Saturday Music Classes

 

St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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St Mary's Music School Trust Ltd, Registered No: 54504
St Mary's Music School Trust Limited is a charity No. SC014611
Registered Office: Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL.