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



Strings Summer School 2021

International Strings Summer School

An intensive, immersive and exciting week of musical experiences in the fields of solo, chamber and large ensemble playing

St Mary's Music School

Led by our Head of Strings, Valerie Pearson, and supported by members of our String faculty and players from our partner organisation the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), this residential course offers participants an intensive, immersive and exciting week of musical experiences in the fields of solo, chamber and large ensemble playing, including the opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestral players.

Participants will be able to develop individual playing in daily lessons with a member of the St Mary’s Music School string faculty, coaching with piano staff and a concert opportunity. We are delighted to work with our partners SCO to offer specialist coaching (daily) in string quartet and large ensemble playing, as well as the opportunity to perform with them in a final concert, which parents and guardians are invited to attend.

The course takes place at our home in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, 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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