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

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Alex Laing, Violin

Alex began his musical education at the Edinburgh Academy and at St Mary's Music School where he studied violin with Warren Jacobs. Alex is a graduate of Cambridge University and of the Birmingham Conservatoire. At Cambridge, he held the prestigious Instrumental Award, which led to master classes with The Endellion String Quartet.

Alex is founder and artistic director of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra (DECO), which is now entering its seventh season. The orchestra specialises in accessible classical music, and it draws large audiences across all generations. Alex has appeared as soloist with DECO in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and in both the Bach double violin concerto and the double violin and oboe concerto.

Alex is a sought after educator. He is Head of Strings at Uppingham School, teaches at the Royal College of Music and writes for many musical and educational magazines. Alex is the Musical Director and conductor of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain East Region and also acts as a violin tutor and conductor on NCO courses. His violin students have enjoyed success as members of the NCO and of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and have won prizes in the UK and abroad, and have been awarded scholarships to prestigious music schools and colleges.

Alex Laing 1996 - 1997

Alex Laing, Violin

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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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