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

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Ben Twist

I would very much support the proposal for St Mary’s Music School to move to the Royal High School. As Chair of Hebrides Ensemble, Scotland’s world class contemporary classical music ensemble, I know the value of St Mary’s work to Scotland’s musical world.

As Director of Creative Carbon Scotland I have also been involved at one remove with the Collective Gallery’s development of the old Observatory on Calton Hill, and I can see great potential in the combination of the two centres of excellence in the same, very important, historical and prominent area of the city. Calton Hill is highly symbolic of Edinburgh’s role as a centre of both culture and learning. It is also highly visible – it is always where footage of Edinburgh is shot when the news media want to broadcast from the city.

The Royal High School forms an important part of that visibility and that history of culture. It seems absolutely fitting that one of Edinburgh’s – indeed Scotland’s – important cultural institutions be housed in another.

Ben Twist, Director, Creative Carbon Scotland and Chair, Hebrides Ensemble

Ben Twist

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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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