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




Allison Stringer

Allison Stringer holds a Masters degree in Violin Performance from Codarts University for the Arts, studying under Gordan Nikolić, and an Honours Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying under the Penderecki String Quartet. Allison began the violin at the age of 2 ½, later taking up the piano and viola, and has been ensconced in music since. She is an active performer specializing in classical, contemporary and folk music and has appeared in festivals and toured in an orchestral setting throughout North America and Europe. Most notably she has performed in the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Doelen Ensemble, as a soloist premiering jazz inspired new compositions with the Fifty Fiddles Orchestra and as a soloist premiering The Lost and the Damned by Canadian composer Adam Hakooz at De Doelen, Rotterdam. While living in Canada she has worked as a session musician in the folk and indie music scene and has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Amanda Palmer.

While Allison is a trained and active performer, her desire to promote music to future generations has led her into the field of music education. She has taught as a private music instructor since 2009 and has lectured at the college level as well as a violin teacher at St. Mary’s Music School since 2019. Allison is currently working on a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying the ‘Scottish’ compositions of Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935).  

Allison Stringer


BMus, MMus






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. 

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