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




Open Day & Be a Chorister Afternoon 

COVID 19 Update 

While school is closed we unfortunately can't offer Open Days in person but if you are interested in a specialist music education you can still find out more about us and meet our pupils and staff online. 

If you would like to find out more contact our Admissions Secretary Mary Walls, mwalls@st-marys-music-school.co.uk 

Advisory Auditions and Full Auditions 

If you think you are ready to apply to become a pupil or want to find out whether you have the level and potential we are looking for, then you can also apply either for an Advisory Audition, where the Panel can give you constructive feedback on your playing,  or you can apply for a full Audition online. 

Find out more here. 

Register for the next Open Day 

If you would like to register for an Open Day once we are back in school, then simply complete this form 


Open Days to find out more about studying music at Scotland's specialist music school 

Talented young musicians and their parents are warmly invited to come along to a St Mary’s Music School Open Day or Be A Chorister Afternoon. These are an excellent way to find out more about us and see, and hear, first hand, what we have to offer those with an outstanding talent.

Open to young people,  their parents, families and teachers interested in finding out more about becoming an instrumental pupil at St Mary's Music School,  Open Days are an excellent way to find out more about us and see, and hear, first hand, what we have to offer those with an outstanding talent.

Visiting at Open Day will give you, your parents and teachers the best opportunity to see the school in action and meet and talk with our current pupils, parents and staff. There will be a presentation from the Headteacher, guided tours of the school, including boarding facilities, and music from pupils.

Visitors will discover the outstanding quality of the teaching and the breadth of opportunities available both inside and outside the classroom and the exceptional benefits of combining first-class academic and music education. 

Open Day Programme

The afternoon will run to a set programme and will include: 

  • Welcome by the Head Teacher, Dr Kenneth Taylor
  • Pupil concert
  • Q&A with pupils 
  • Tour of the school
  • Meet and greet with staff and pupils 
  • Final concert 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive promptly for a 2.30pm start. The afternoon is scheduled to end at 4/45pm. 

Open Day Registration

If you would like to attend our next Open Day please register here. 



Be a Chorister Afternoon 

For those interested in becoming a chorister

Being a chorister provides an excellent music and academic education and is open to boys and girls of all religious denominations or none, from age 7. 

In this very special afternoon we welcome Primary Pupils P3-P5 who enjoy singing for a special opportunity to participate alongside the award-winning Choristers of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and find out what life is like as a chorister. 

We start with some fun warm-ups in the Cathedral with the Master of Music, Duncan Ferguson, and learn some new music together ready for a performance at the end of the day. Then we head to St Mary's Music School where children take part in an interactive lesson with current pupils, before afternoon tea and heading back to the Cathedral to change into formal dress and sing with the full Cathedral Choir for Evensong. Parents are invited to attend Evensong and will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions in a separate afternoon session.  

The only requirement for children to attend is a passion for singing. 

There are limited places, so enrol early to avoid disappointment! Choristers can begin their probation year at age 7 and from age 9 to 12 are full time pupils at St Mary's Music School.  You can find out more about being a chorister here. Financial support is available. 

Please note: We are not currently able to offer boarding places to choristers, therefore the expectation is that choristers will be able to travel to the Cathedral six days a week. 

Be a Chorister Afternoon Registration 

If you would like to attend our next Be a Chorister Afternoon register here

If you would like to attend or have any queries please email Mary Walls

Prefer to Visit Independently? 

If you are considering applying to St Mary's and would like to find out more about the School then you are welcome to visit independently by arrangement. Visits usually take place on a Monday afternoon and are a chance for an informal chat with our Admissions Secretary and to have a tour of the school. Simply contact Mary Walls to arrange a suitable date.


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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