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Our Plans 

In 2016 the Royal High School Preservation Trust received planning consent to convert the former Royal High School into a new home for St Mary’s Music School.  This move would reinforce our status as Scotland’s national school of music and provide us with state-of-the-art facilities to expand our unique and exceptional specialist education and to extend our outreach programmes, masterclasses and workshops to reach children from communities all over the country. The plans include a small concert hall (capacity 280), recital rooms and teaching facilities which will enable the school to offer concerts and music education to a much wider audience.

These transformational plans are on hold until an appeal is heard which will consider a property developer’s plans, twice rejected by City of Edinburgh Council, to build a large hotel on this site.  The appeal process is due to start in September 2018 and should conclude with a ministerial decision at the end of 2018.

Photograph: The former Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh