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




James Cook

James Cook was born in Glasgow and educated at The High School of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow. He has spent most of his professional career in finance, latterly between 1990 and 1999 as finance director of Meconic, the world's largest legitimate manufacturer of opiate based pharmaceuticals.

Since 1999 he has established a freelance practice as an independent trustee of pension schemes. He is a keen amateur musician and plays piano, organ and viola.



James Cook

Appointed to the Board

17 December 2012

Current Role


Board Committees

Finance Committee
Fundraising & Marketing Committee


BSc Hons



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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