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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Open Music Masterclasses 

Throughout the year, supported by the generosity of our donors,  we hold a number of masterclasses with world-class musicians. We are delighted that we can open these to pupils and teachers from other schools as well as members of the public, depending on the capacity of the venue. 

Our next event is: 

Flute Masterclass with Adam Walker, Principal Flute London Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10am to 1pm, Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh

Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of just 21 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award. He is recognised as being "at the forefront of a new generation of wind soloists." 

As a soloist Adam regularly performs with the major UK orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and is a regular visitor to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A committed chamber musician with a curious and creative approach to repertoire and programming, recital highlights over recent seasons have included LSO St. Luke’s, De Singel, City of London Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Musée du Louvre, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele and the Utrecht, West Cork, Delft and Moritzburg Chamber Music Festivals. Adam appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where he has recently worked with Brett Dean, pianists Angela Hewitt and James Baillieu, guitarist Morgan Szymanski and singers Ailish Tynan and Karina Gauvin. In 2017 Adam was selected to take part in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “CMS Two” programme for the 2018 – 2020 seasons, an opportunity that will allow him to continue to expand his chamber music horizons in new and exciting directions.

About the masterclass

In this public masterclass Adam will work with six young musicians and will provide them with advice on technique and musicianship. There will be the opportunity to hear Adam play and to ask questions at the end. 

Tickets are free but must be reserved online. 

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Previous Music Masterclasses 

In 2019 we are delighted to have welcomed the following musicians to take part in music masterclasses on behalf of St Mary's Music School: 

  • Francois Leleux, oboeist and conductor
  • Pascal Rogé, pianist 
  • Iain Burnside, pianist and broadcaster
  • Roderick Williams, baritone 
  • Simon Smith, pianist
  • Seven Osborne, pianist
  • Susan Tomes, pianist 
  • Alan Benzie Trio, jazz
  • Colin Currie, percussionist 



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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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