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




String Academy

Sunday 7th, 14th and 21st March, 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Open to school-age violin, viola, cello and double bass players

Our last online String Academy was such as success that we’re back! The String Academy is a free opportunity for you to work with expert Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) musicians and for this session we will be working on music by Saint-Georges, Joseph Bologne and W. A Mozart. The course is led by Gordon Bragg, Sub-Principle Second Violin, SCO.

Participants will also receive guidance from the SCO players on how to prepare orchestral excerpts for auditions.

Who can apply?

The SCO String Academy is open to school-aged double bass, cello, violin and viola players who have reached at least Grade 6 standard and who are able to commit to all sessions.  

The final session will include a playthrough to which parents and friends are invited.


Preparation from 21 February - practice parts and video content provided
Week 1 Sunday 7 March | 2pm – 3.15pm
Week 2 Sunday 14 March | 2pm – 3.15pm
Week 3 Sunday 21 March | 2pm – 3.15pm


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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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