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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Tuesday 1 May 2018

The Minute Waltz: Animated film by Domenica More Gordon

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An endearing cartoon dog in a Fair Isle jumper, some well-loved famous music and one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings feature in a new short animated film which aims to appeal to the hearts and minds of all who love the city.

Entitled The Minute Waltz the film follows the tale of a little dog out for a walk with his master, who hears music coming from the former Royal High School building on Calton Hill. He rushes, together with lots of others, to hear the lovely sounds coming from the newly restored building which is now the home of St Mary’s Music School and a major community hub for Edinburgh.

Supported by one of the largest philanthropic arts gifts to the nation, the proposed conservation and restoration of the iconic Thomas Hamilton building as the new home of St Mary’s Music School, with a state-of-the-art public concert hall and public garden, is backed by Dunard Fund.

Managed through The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT), Dunard’s exceptional gift to the nation will help protect Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status and conserve the integrity of the neo-classical building that gave the capital the moniker, the Athens of the North.

Domenica More Gordon, the artist behind the animations for the film said:

“I jumped at the chance to be part of this hugely exciting project. We must all support the arts and nurture the talent of the coming generations and to be able to use my drawings to do this is an extra joy.”

“Music is universal and brings us all together, something we need now more than ever.”

“I chose a dog for the mascot because I love dogs and I love music. Both have the capacity to touch our hearts.”

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7 November 2019

Leighton's 'Sacred Choral Works' recorded with the Choir and Choristers of St Mary's Cathedral

A new recording of Kenneth Leighton's sacred choral works, recorded with the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, directed by Duncan Ferguson, is to be released on 29th November. 

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4 November 2019

Success for pupils in first round of BBC Young Musician of the Year

Sofia (accordion) and Shakira(cello) are succesfully through to the next round of  BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020. 

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3 November 2019

St Mary’s Music School showcase specialist music education in Kuala Lumpur

Headteacher Dr. Kenneth Taylor and Assistant Director of Music, John Cameron,  were invited to present and give masterclasses at the inaugural conference 'Music for the 21st Century', held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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31 October 2019

Pupils selected for National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2020

Four pupils have been awarded places in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain this year.

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28 October 2019

Partnership with Scottish Chamber Orchestra expands

Following the success of the first String Academy held in partnership with Scottish Chamber Orchestra earlier in the year, we launched the second series at the end of October.

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24 October 2019

First prize for Octavoce at City of Derry International Choir Festival

Edinburgh-based Octavoce, the a capella vocal octet, whose members include many former choristers of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and pupils of St Mary's Music School, win first prize at City of Derry International Choir Festival

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21 October 2019

Paul Stubbings delights audiences in St Petersburg

Renowned organist Paul Stubbings, who is also Director of Music at St Mary's Music School, played to full audiences in Russia towards the end of October as part of the annual St Petersburg festival of Russian music and poetry. 

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13 October 2019

Open Masterclass with the Maxwell Quartet

We're delighted to be welcoming the Maxwell Quartet back to Edinburgh for an open masterclass on Tuesday 10th December. The Quartet includes Duncan Strachan and Colin Scobie, two former St Mary's Music School pupils.

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11 October 2019

Head of Jazz adds new role at Leeds College of Music

We're delighted that Andrew Robb, Head of Jazz at St Mary's Music School, will also be teaching at Leeds College of Music. 

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23 September 2019

Over 200 people attend our Open Masterclass with Adam Walker

Earlier this month we welcomed Adam Walker, Principal Flute with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), to give a masterclass to young musicians. 

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16 September 2019

Sofia wins first prize in International Accordion Competition

S6 pupil Sofia Ros Gonzales wins 1st Prize in the 16th International  Accordion Competition of San Vincenzo la Costa. 

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6 September 2019

Pupil Ben makes debut in West Side Story

In August this year, St Mary’s Music School pupil Ben Giblin performed in West Side Story, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardner, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. 

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6 August 2019

Pupils celebrate with outstanding exam results

Pupils and staff at St Mary’s Music School are celebrating as the results for the SQA Examinations were published today.  The pass rates, National 5 – 100%, Higher – 98% and Advanced Higher – 97% are exceptional with 73% of all presentations resulting in a Grade A award.

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23 April 2019

Alumni spotlight - Adam Crighton, trombonist (Class of 2014).

Former pupil Adam Crighton has recently graduated from Guildhall winning The Armourers and Brasiers Prize for Brass. He is currently playing in the orchestra for Trevor Nunn's five star revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End.

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18 April 2019

Deadline approaches for Piano Summer School

As the deadline for applications to the residential Piano Summer School approaches on May 20th 2019, pianists aged 13 to 19 are encouraged to apply. 

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17 April 2019

A packed house for the Spring Concert

The whole school came together in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral for a concert of two halves, split between 'A Portrait of Purcell' and Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor, Op 61

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22 March 2019

A superlative evening to celebrate the arrival of the new Steinway

The evening of 28th February was a special moment in the history of St Mary’s Music School when staff, pupils, donors, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the addition of the new Steinway Model B piano to the School’s fleet of instruments.

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19 March 2019

A weekend snapshot of life at St Mary's Music School

From performing at the Royal National College of Music Chamber Music Festival to our Choristers recording a CD with Delphian Records - it has been a busy weekend for St Mary's Music School pupils. 

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14 March 2019

LSO celebrate Haitink at 90 with two former pupils Carol Ella and Malcolm Johnston

St Mary's Music School alumni celebrate 'Haitink at 90' as part of the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London. 

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14 February 2019

'On Being a Musician' - latest film released

In the fourth in a series of popular short films, Scotland’s national music school pupils share what music means to them.

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11 February 2019

Winner of Lord Clyde Concerto Competition Announced

After superb performances by 18 students, the prestigious Lord Clyde Memorial Prize Concerto Competition drew to a close on Friday.

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30 January 2019

Francois Leleux Masterclass

World renowned oboist and conductor, François Leleux captivated pupils and guests with a two hour masterclass. 

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24 January 2019

A superb start to the Spring term

The Spring term began with two high profile performances - one at Scottish Parliament and the other at St Andrew's and St George's in Edinbugh. 

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22 January 2019

Flagship gift for Scotland’s national music school

A very special gift arrives from Germany as a  new Steinway Model B joins the St Mary's Music School fleet. 

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5 December 2018

SCO String Academy

The SCO String Academy, in partnership with St Mary’s Music School, is a new free opportunity for musicians, taking place over a series of three Sunday afternoons.

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26 November 2018

Whatever the Season

New animated film set to Vivaldi's Largo from The Four Seasons

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22 November 2018

Guitar day with world renowned guitarist Craig Ogden

We are delighted to be holding the first St Mary's Music School Guitar Day with guitarist Craig Ogden.

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21 November 2018

Be a Chorister Day

We welcome Primary pupils who enjoy singing for a special opportunity to participate alongside the award-winning Choristers of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

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24 October 2018

Debussy Festival at St Cecilia's

Staff member James Willshire will curate a mini-festival celebrating Debussy on 1st & 2nd December.

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1 October 2018

Head of Jazz wins Double Bass prize

Andrew Robb, Head of Jazz, wins at the European Society of Bassists 2018

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17 September 2018

The Note campaign is launched

The Note campaign calls for everyone to support the plan for the school's move to the old Royal High School.

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5 September 2018

Anonymous artist leaves gift to the School

The school has received the gift of a paper sculpture from Edinburgh’s Anonymous Sculptor.

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21 August 2018

Helen Macleod 1980 - 2018

Obituary: Helen Macleod, harp player, former pupil and former instrumental teacher

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14 August 2018

‘Moving movie’ supports the Perfect Harmony campaign

Watch our short film about bringing together two of Scotland’s national treasures in Perfect Harmony.

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28 June 2018

Salvador Sanchez wins Directors' Recital Prize

Eighteen year old pianist from Spain wins following a closely contested competition.

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20 June 2018

Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis feature in new film.

The film showcases two musically gifted youngsters who have studied at St Mary’s Music School.

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13 June 2018

The Minute Waltz: Take a Minute       

Take a Minute to show support for St Mary’s Music School

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7 June 2018

Juniors in June - the Castles Series

Junior Instrumentalists play at the Palace of Holyrood House

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21 May 2018

Edinburgh Masterclass Series 2018: Violin Masterclass

Renowned violinist Renaud Capuçon delivered an exceptional masterclass for pupils and guests

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18 May 2018

James Willshire plays at the Edinburgh Society of Musicans

Keyboard staff member, James Willshire, gave a recital of Litolff, Debussy and Liszt

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15 May 2018

Scottish Awards for New Music

Will Conway receives a Scottish Award for New Music for The Last Island, recorded by the Hebrides Ensemble

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14 May 2018

Steven Osborne Piano Recital in the Chapel

Vice-President Steven Osborne plays Berg op.1 and Prokofiev 7th Sonata

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12 May 2018

Rachmaninov Etudes-tableaux, played by Steven Osborne

Hyperion release of Rachmaninov Etudes-tableaux played by Steven Osborne due shortly

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5 May 2018

Simon Smith Lunchtime Concert      

Simon Smith played Stuart Macrae's Piano Sonata for pupils and staff.

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1 May 2018

The Minute Waltz: Animated film by Domenica More Gordon

New short animated film in support of the proposed move by the school to the former Royal High School building.

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30 April 2018

Young musicians participate in annual Nigel Murray Masterclass

One hundred and fifty young musicians attended the Masterclass given by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

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24 March 2018

MacMillan's Stabat Mater to be streamed live from Rome

MacMillan's Stabat Mater to be streamed live from Rome

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22 March 2018

Rachmaninov at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians

On Wednesday 21st March, the Keyboard Department put on a programme of Rachmaninov

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11 February 2018

Winterplay: Young Musicians' Showcase

Outstanding students from St Mary’s Music School performed an hour’s programme of chamber music.

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9 January 2018

Sir James MacMillan shares composing expertise.

Leading Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan shares his composing expertise in a new film.

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1 December 2017

Pupils Bring Advice of Famous Composer to Life

Pupils have brought the advice of a famous composer to life in a series of four short films.

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15 December 2015

Royal High School Preservation Trust unveils plans for iconic Thomas Hamilton building

The Trust hopes to move St Mary’s Music School into the historic Thomas Hamilton building on Calton Hill

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26 November 2015

Royal High School Proposed Move

Statement from William Gray Muir and Dr Kenneth Taylor in light of the City of Edinburgh’s decision to reject plans for a hotel on the Calton Hill site.

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2 November 2015

Royal High School Preservation Trust statement

Royal High School Preservation Trust makes statement of intent to Edinburgh Council

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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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