Monday 2 November 2015

Royal High School Preservation Trust statement


The Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT) has declared its intent to pursue plans to move St Mary’s Music School into the famous neoclassical Thomas Hamilton buildings on Calton Hill. Read the final news release; RHSPT Statement.

Other News 

Edinburgh Evening News: Monday 2 November 2015, "Decision date set for Royal High School development"

The Scotsman: Wednesday 28 October 2015, "Developers warned to scale back Royal High hotel bid"

Edinburgh Evening News: Thursday 15 October 2015 "Over 2000 objections to Royal High hotel plan"

The Scotsman: Thursday 15 October 2015, Royal High School hotel ‘has doubled in size’ 

Edinburgh Evening News: Tuesday 13 October 2015, "Edinburgh fights to keep Heritage status"

The Scotsman: Tuesday 6 October 2015, "Activists urge Royal High School luxury hotel plan axe"

Edinburgh Evening News: Monday 5 October 2015, ‘Highly negative impact’ of Royal High revamp warning

STV Edinburgh: Thursday 1 October 2015, "Those Royal High School hotel proposals in 8 animated gifs"

Edinburgh Evening News: Thursday 1 October 2015, "Heritage chiefs slam Royal High hotel plans"

The Scotsman: Tuesday 29 September 2015, “Music school offer for Edinburgh Royal High site

Broughton Spurtle: Friday 25 September 2015, Opponents Rally to 'Save City's Soul'”

The National: Thursday 24 September 2015, “Music is in the air ... £1.5m bid to turn Royal High School back to a school

BBC News: Wednesday 23 September 2015, “£1.5m offer to save Edinburgh's former Royal High School

STV News: Wednesday 23 September 2015, “Trust makes £1.5m offer to house music school at old Royal High”

The Herald Scotland: Monday 7 September 2015, “Face to Face interview: Hitting right note in producing tomorrow's top musicians

Edinburgh Evening News: Tuesday 23 June 2015, "Kenneth Taylor: St Mary's should move to Old Royal High"

Edinburgh Evening News: Tuesday 16 June 2015, "Performance aid music school pitch for Royal High"

Edinburgh Evening News: Monday 4 May 2015, "Music school deserves encore on grand stage"

Press Release from Indigo PR, "New trust submits school plans for former Royal High"

Article from The Times, Thursday 16 April 2015

Article from the Edinburgh Evening News, "Music plan for Old Royal High hits right note"

Article from The Scotsman, "Music School tipped for Royal High School takeover"

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5 September 2018

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28 June 2018

Salvador Sanchez wins Directors' Recital Prize

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20 June 2018

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13 June 2018

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7 June 2018

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21 May 2018

Edinburgh Masterclass Series 2018: Violin Masterclass

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18 May 2018

James Willshire plays at the Edinburgh Society of Musicans

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15 May 2018

Scottish Awards for New Music                

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14 May 2018

Steven Osborne Piano Recital in the Chapel

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12 May 2018

Rachmaninov Etudes-tableaux, played by Steven Osborne

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The Minute Waltz: Animated film by Domenica More Gordon

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30 April 2018

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24 March 2018

MacMillan's Stabat Mater to be streamed live from Rome

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22 March 2018

Rachmaninov at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians

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11 February 2018

Winterplay: Young Musicians' Showcase

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9 January 2018

Sir James MacMillan shares composing expertise.

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1 December 2017

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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

Statement: 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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