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




Side Menu

International Woodwind Summer School 2022

31st July to 5th August

Led by Jean Johnson and Fraser Kelman of St Mary's Music School, this innovative course is designed to help you improve your confidence and playing technique in an environment that is fun and supportive. You can expect a comprehensive range of group and individual classes, and as we only have 12 places you can be sure to receive dedicated and focused attention. The course takes place at at our home in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh.

Who is the Woodwind Summer School for?

This summer school is for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon players aged 13 to 17, Grade 7 and above (ABRSM or Trinity or equivalent) who would like to improve their technique and playing ability.

What does the Woodwind Summer School include? 

The Course is residential and includes:

  • Individual lessons (with the opportunity for other students to observe)
  • Coaching with piano staff
  • Chamber music
  • Performances classes
  • Yoga / Mindfulness / Wellbeing
  • Instrument specific classes (e.g. Reedmaking for oboists, baroque style for flautists etc.)
  • Workshop sessions
  • Use of the School’s library and practice facilities
  • A final performance open to friends and family of participants
  • Evening activities including a concert
  • Food and accommodation in single or twin ensuite rooms
  • Certificate of attendance


The cost is £795, fully inclusive of food, accommodation and access to all facilities at the school. 

Financial Support

A limited amount of bursary funding is available. Please contact Dr JoAnna Collings, Bursar at bursar@st-marys-music-school.co.uk for more information.  

We have compiled a list of trusts and funding bodies who may be able to help if you require financial support. You can access this here. SMMS_Funding_Directory.pdf


The deadline for registraton is June 5th however we strongly encourage early applications to ensure a place. 


If you have any questions please contact Becky Verdon



Information for Parents

Edinburgh is a Unesco World-Heritage site and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As well as stunning architecture to admire, there are excellent shops, restaurants and visitor attractions. The city also makes an excellent base to explore other areas of Scotland including the Highlands and Islands, so while your child focuses on developing their instrumental techniques you can happily spend a few days sightseeing. We hope you will join us for a concert on the last day of the course.


Course Leader - Fraser Kelman

Born in Aberdeen, Fraser Kelman was a pupil at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. Since graduating in 2009 he has pursued a busy freelance career primarily as an orchestral oboist and has performed with many of the UK's leading ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In 2017, Fraser moved to Edinburgh where he enjoys teaching at St Mary's Music School, George Watson’s College, St George’s School for Girls, and the Junior department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Parallel to this, he maintains a busy performing career, appearing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra of Scottish Ballet. He has also worked with the creative learning department of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to devise and help deliver projects aimed at developing the ensemble skills of young wind players.

Fraser also cultivates an interest in chamber music. Recent highlights have included collaborating with the Benyounes Quartet, cellist Kim Vaughan and pianist Sarah Beth Briggs. He also has wide experience as a soloist, previous concerto performances including works by Albinoni, Bach, Haydn, Marcello, Mozart, Strauss, Telemann and Vivaldi. In January 2020 he premiered Tom David Wilson’s Concertante Oboe.

Clarinet and Yoga - Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson is a professional clarinettist who began her career with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and today works with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles. Her guest Principal work has included Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. She has performed chamber music in the world's finest venues, notably the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels.

Alongside her own practice as a musician, Jean is also a qualified yoga instructor and has worked with musicians for many years to introduce them to techniques and practice that assist greatly in unlocking tension and helping to develop performance under pressure. By beginning each day with a yoga class, Jean will provide you with tools and techniques you can carry with you in your future careers.


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. 

Learn more > 

 Sign-up to hear about the latest news and events


St Mary's Music School Trust Ltd, Registered No: 54504
St Mary's Music School Trust Limited is a charity No. SC014611
Registered Office: Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL.