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Friday 11 October 2019

Head of Jazz adds new role at Leeds College of Music

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Congratulations to Andrew Robb, Head of the Jazz programme at St Mary’s Music School on his recent appointment as Lecturer of Jazz Bass at Leeds College of Music.

Many of the teaching staff at St Mary’s Music School also work at conservatoire and university level; we are delighted that Mr Robb is able to share his talents south of the border whilst continuing to take the Jazz Programme for our pupils from strength to strength.

Meanwhile Mr Robb, who is a former pupil, is about to tour the UK with ‘genre-bending’ band Twelfth Day, formed by alumni Catriona Price (violin) and Esther Swift (pedal-harp), to celebrate the release of their latest single ‘Superwoman’.   To find out more about Twelfth Day’s tour and hear their latest single, visit http://www.twelfthdaymusic.com

About Andrew Robb, Double Bassist 

Since winning 1st Prize at the European Society of Bassists Jazz Competition in 2018, Andrew Robb is beginning to establish himself as one of the most versatile and talented young double bassists in Europe. Growing up in Edinburgh, Scotland, he started learning double bass at the age of seven and became immersed in classical and jazz music. Equally versatile in both styles, Andrew left George Heriot’s School in 2007 and came to St Mary's Music School for his 7th year in 2008. 

He graduated with BMus Jazz at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2012. During his time there he led the double bass section of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2009. This led to his music being featured on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3 as well as performing at the Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Jazz festivals.

As a sideman he plays with the award-winning Alan Benzie Trio, Henry Spencer’s Juncture, Renato D’Aiello’s Quartet resident on Monday nights at Ronnie Scott’s and jazz folk group Twelfth Day. Andrew completed a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen in 2018. His co-founded trio AMS, with Mathias Marstrander and Sigurd Steinkopf, is releasing their debut album in December 2019 on the Øra Fonogram label with a tour planned across the UK and Norway.

Andrew has had the pleasure of playing with the legendary US singer Salena Jones, Norwegian Jazz legends Dag Arnesen and Knut Kristainsen, the Art Blakey alumnus Valery Ponomarev, saxophone stars Tim Garland and Tommy Smith, organist Tony Monaco, UK pianists Julian Joseph and Kit Downes, singer Cleveland Watkis and trumpeter Byron Wallen. He has toured extensively in the UK and across Europe.

Andrew is a sought-after educator of Jazz, Improvisation, and Double Bass. He has worked with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The National Youth Jazz Collective, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and The National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland. His workshop series Freeing The Music has given improvisation workshops across the UK and recently completed a successful composition collaboration with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

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13 October 2020

SCO String and Wind Academies Open to Applications

Following the success of the SCO String and Wind Academies we held in 2019 and earlier in 2020, we are delighted to be partnering with Scottish Chamber Orchestra once again to deliver two new academies this autumn. 

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4 September 2020

Angela Hewitt sets the Celebrity 6 Series off to a great start.

We were delighted to welcome pianist Angela Hewitt today for the first of six Celebrity 6 Sessions with eminent musicians. 

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3 September 2020

SQA Exam Results 2020 - Congratulations to all our pupils on their exam results

Over 75% of SQA grades awarded resulted as Grade A and this session we saw our highest percentage pass rate (100%) across all levels.

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31 August 2020

Welcome to our new Head of Strings

In an exciting move for St Mary’s Music School we are delighted to welcome Dr Valerie Pearson as our new Head of Strings.The new full-time role will allow William Conway, who has been fulfilling the joint role of Head of Strings and Artistic Director for more than ten years, to devote more time to his role as the School’s Artistic Director.

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20 August 2020

Headteacher takes on Seven Hills Challenge

Support Headteacher Dr Taylor as he takes on the challenge of running the course of the Seven Hills Race in 140 minutes - that's just over 14 miles...over 2200 feet of ascent....and just 20 minutes per hill!

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19 August 2020

New commission and collaboration celebrates 40 years of support for specialist music education in the UK

Eleven talented young musicians from St Mary’s Music School join a pioneering collaboration between the UK’s five specialist music schools to celebrate 40 years of government support.

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30 July 2020

Music classes for children go online

Our group music classes for children age 4 to 12 are moving online for the Autumn term. 

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23 July 2020

New Composition Plays Tribute to Steve Reich

A new composition by composer and saxophonist Rob Hall, featuring photographic art by Susheila Jamieson and performed by junior instrumentalists at St Mary’s Music School went live on Youtube today.

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7 July 2020

Directors' Recital Prize 2020 Winners Announced

Congratulations to Sofia Ros and Cliodhna Scott who were announced as the winners of the Directors' Recital Prize 2020 last night. 

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7 July 2020

Danny Driver and Steven Osborne to give masterclasses as part of Online Piano Summer School

We're delighted that Danny Driver and Steven Osborne will both feature in this year's Online Piano Summer School. 

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2 July 2020

Scotland's national orchestra provides fitting finale for St Mary's Music School pupils

St Mary's Music School has joined forces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Directors' Recital Prize. 

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30 June 2020

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24 June 2020

IRP and JRP Winners Announced

Congratulations to all pupils who participated in the annual Junior Recital Prize, Intermediate Recital Prize and Directors' Recital Prize this year.

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23 June 2020

Danny Driver masterclass for senior pianists

To continue our term of online learning, we were delighted to welcome celebrated pianist Danny Driver to deliver a masterclass to senior pupils by Zoom. 

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15 June 2020

Directors' Recital Prize 2020 Finalists Announced

The four finalists of the Directors' Recital Prize 2020 were announced today. 

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28 May 2020

Antonio through to the final of Concurso Internacional de Piano “Ciudad de Sevilla”

We are delighted that pupil Antonio is successfully through to the final of the VII Concurso Internacional de Piano “Ciudad de Sevilla”. 

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27 May 2020

Exciting new music opportunity will hit the right note with young players in Scotland

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Mary’s Music School are delighted to announce the launch of SCO Youth Academy.

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18 May 2020

St Mary’s Music School – The Journey to Online Learning

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18 May 2020

Collaboration – An Essential Skill for Pianists

In this article, John Cameron, Assistant Director of Music at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, explains why every pianist should focus on collaboration. 

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8 May 2020

Online auditions open for applications

St Mary's Music School is now accepting applications for online auditions for instrumental and chorister places. Advisory auditions are also available. 

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23 March 2020

A video message by Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher

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12 March 2020

Win for Pavlina at Edinburgh Competition Festival

Congratulations to Pavlina Gusheva (S5) who won the Piano Solo 15 Minute Recital class at the recent Edinburgh Competition Festival. 

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5 March 2020

Michael Kanan, jazz pianist, swops New York for Edinburgh

We were delighted to welcome jazz pianist Michael Kanan, all the way from New York, to spend the day with pupils. 

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4 March 2020

SCO Youth Academy announced as part of Scottish Chamber Orchestra's season launch

SCO Youth Academy, a new youth orchestra in partnership with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is announced as part of SCO's launch of their second season with Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev 2020-21

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20 February 2020

Masterclasses and Music Academies feature in outreach programme for 2020

St Mary’s Music School launches ambitious outreach programme for 2020 featuring a flagship collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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31 January 2020

First prize for Sofia at Arrasate Accordion Competition

Congratulations to pupil Sofia who won first prize in Senior Category (18 to 25 years of age) at the Arrasate Accordion Competition 2019. 

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31 January 2020

Cello Masterclass with Nicolas Altstaedt, 21st February 2020

We are delighted to announce that renowned cellist Nicolas Altstaedt will be delivering the annual Nigel Murray Masterclass on 21st February. 

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4 December 2019

Partnership with Scottish Chamber Orchestra goes from strength to strength

Following two successful String Academies run in partnership with SCO,  we are delighted to announce the launch of SCO Wind Academy. 

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2 December 2019

Castalian String Quartet, featuring alumnus Daniel Roberts, win RPS Young Artists Award 2019

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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

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30 January 2019

Francois Leleux 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

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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

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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

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

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