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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Located in the heart of Edinburgh

St Mary's Music School is fortunate to be located in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city and one of the cultural capitals of the world, alive with music, theatre and the arts year-round.

Our home is historic Coates Hall, situated on a quiet leafy crescent in the heart of Edinburgh and surrounded by gardens where our pupils can relax and play at break time.  The main building was formerly a theological college and was built in the Victoria era.  Four other buildings sit on the campus: Fives Court (academic), Principal's House (academic), the Annexe (music and guidance) and the Lodge (finance and administration).

The extensive grounds include a multi-sports court, greenhouse (used by both staff and pupils) and large lawn.

Edinburgh, Festival City of Music

Our beautiful city of Edinburgh, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is a captivating mix of elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town, medieval lanes and cobbled streets in the Old Town, and an inimitable sense of atmosphere and vibrancy throughout the city. This is especially true during the month of August when the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe dominate the city with thousands of performances and events.

Artistic and cultural life thrives all year round in Edinburgh. Musically the city offers some splendid venues including the grand Usher Hall which is on our doorstep; the Festival Theatre, The Queen's Hall and St Cecilia’s Hall of the University of Edinburgh. These venues attract outstanding soloists and orchestras (including Royal Scottish National OrchestraScottish Chamber OrchestraBBC Scottish Symphony OrchestraHebrides EnsembleScottish Ensemble and Dunedin Consort, all of whom support our work), as well as specialised baroque and contemporary ensembles and live opera. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is just 50 minutes away in Glasgow. 

There is a visit into town, for an orchestral or chamber music concert, to the opera or ballet every week of the school year.

How to reach us 

St Mary's Music School is located just a few minutes walk from Haymarket train station from where there are also direct links by tram and bus to Edinburgh International Airport and Edinburgh's Waverley Train Station, so access to the school is easy wherever you come from. 

For our address, map and contact details, click here.

 

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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.