We are accepting applications for boarding and day places for Autumn 2020 entry. 

If you would like to find out more, including information about the Aided Places Scheme, please email admissions@st-marys-music-school.co.uk




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Our Plans 

In October 2021, the City of Edinburgh Council approved plans that will see the School move to a new purpose-built facility within the iconic former Royal High School at Calton Hill. This is as part of plans for a new world-class centre for music education and public performance for the benefit of Scotland led by the Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT). 

The RSHPT’s proposal brings together a network of partner organisations, alongside St Mary’s Music School, including the Benedetti Foundation and IMPACT (International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust) Scotland with a shared vision of creating a National Centre for Music as a new platform for musical collaborations, both within the building, online and out in the wider community.  

The bid is backed by an expanded gift from philanthropist Carol Colburn Grigor and Dunard Fund totalling £55 million to cover the capital costs and support the future maintenance of the Thomas Hamilton building. 

Work on the project is currently underway and it is expected that the School will move to the new premises around 2026 although further details will be announced. 

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The full submission can be viewed on the RHSPT website – www.rhspt.org.  


Photograph: The former Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh


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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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