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Summer School 2020

Piano Summer School - 9 to 14 August 2020

COVID 19 - At this current point we still hope to run the Piano Summer School in August this year. We are monitoring government advice closely - please keep an eye on this web page for details as this may be subject to change. 

Following the success of our Piano Summer School in August 2019, we are delighted to be running a similar programme in the summer of 2020. 

Open to pianists age 13 to 19, Grade 6 and above, the Piano Summer School is an intensive week designed to improve technique, confidence and playing ability whilst also having fun. It is run by the experienced staff of our Keyboard Faculty and is led by Helena Buckmayer and John Cameron. It is open to just ten participants, ensuring an individual and personalised approach. 

The Piano Summer School starts on the Sunday evening with a welcome and chance to get to know each other and ends on the Friday afternoon with an informal concert to which friends and family are invited. It takes place in the beautiful environment of Coates Hall, the Victorian building and surrounding gardens in which St Mary's Music School has its home and which is located in Haymarket, in the centre of Edinburgh. 

The Piano Summer School 2020 includes: 

  • One-to-one lessons
  • Performance classes
  • Duo coaching with another instrumentalist 
  • Lesson observation
  • Individual practice
  • Yoga
  • Alexander technique
  • A concert at the Edinburgh International Festival 
  • Food and accomodation in twin ensuite-rooms

Residential place:  £750 all inclusive.  

Day place: £550. 

The deadline for applications is April 30th 2020. 

To apply please complete this form 



View of the City of Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh

 “Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful and stimulating cities in the world and a capital of music and culture. What better way to spend a week developing your technique, making new friends and having fun than in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Music School? “ John Cameron, Workshop Leader


"Edinburgh - The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe” Sir John Betjeman

A perfect place for family and friends

Did you know? Edinburgh's Festivals peak during August with more than 25,000 artists and entertainers with over 1,000 shows per day. And St Mary’s Music School is right in the heart of it all. So while you’re hard at your study why not bring along parents and friends and let them discover what’s on offer?


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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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