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




Graham Burnside

Graham Burnside was educated at George Heriot's School and Edinburgh University.  After qualifying as a solicitor he worked in industry and for the EU before returning to Edinburgh and joining Tods Murray LLP, where for a number of years he headed the Banking & Finance department and was latterly the firm's Chairman. 

He is currently a Consultant with Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, with which Tods Murray amalgamated in 2014. He was for many years a Governor and the Hon Secretary of St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh, of which he is now an honorary Vice President. 

He has always maintained a keen interest in music, both as a listener and as amateur pianist, organist and member of various choirs, and is a director of the New Town Concerts Society.

Graham Burnside

Appointed to the Board

16 December 2013

Current Role


Board Committees

Finance Committee
Remuneration Committee (Chair)





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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