We are accepting applications for boarding and day places for Autumn 2020 entry. 

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John Butt

I am most delighted to see the proposal regarding the move of St Mary’s Music School. This is an extremely exciting and timely project which would give the school a home that is at least as good if not entirely better than any in the UK. It will do much to raise the profile of classical music (and other musics involving a disciplined curriculum) in Scotland, particularly at a time when arts funding is being cut and when instrumental teaching in schools is sinking to deplorable levels of support. It will greatly complement the professional companies active in Scotland, the higher education institutions (including RCS), and the visiting companies and artists who make Scotland a regular port of call. In short, it will both consolidate Scotland’s remarkable strength in musical talent, at a time when the entire infrastructure of music education is under such heavy threat.

John Butt, OBE, FBA, FRSE, Gardiner Professor of Music, University of Glasgow; Musical Director, Dunedin Consort; Principal Artist, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

John Butt

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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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