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




Chick Lyall

Chick graduated with a BMus (Hons) from The University of Glasgow where he studied composition with Lyell Cresswell and piano with Gusztav Fenyo. He later studied with the composer and theorist Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory in Boston (Massachusetts). He has since been active as a pianist /composer both in jazz and classical music. He has written music for various ensembles including SCO, Ecat, SNJO, Mc Falls Chamber and Academy Now. He has also written and performed improvised and Jazz music with many of the leading Scottish jazz musicians including Tom Bancroft, Colin Steele, Kevin McKenzie and Rob Hall with whom he has recorded five albums for FMR records.

In addition he was a founding member of the Electro-acoustic improvising ensemble Green Room who have released five albums to date. His recordings also include a solo piano album (Solitary Dance) and two albums with Scandinavian Saxophonists Tore Brunborg and Joakim Milder. He has also collaborated with musicians from varied backgrounds including the composer Bill Sweeney, trombonist John Kenny and pianist Steven Osborne.

In addition to his freelance performing activities, Chick Lyall teaches Classical Piano at Dollar Academy and has been a Jazz teacher at St Mary's Music school since 2007.

In 2004 Chick Lyall received a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council.

Chick Lyall


BMus Hons




Jazz Piano

Additional Responsibilities

Jazz Skills


Jazz Staff

Head of Jazz Programme:
Jazz Piano:
Jazz Saxophone:
Jazz Guitar:
Jazz Violin:
Jazz Clarinet:


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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