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




Joe Houghton

Joe received his early education at Westminster Cathedral Choir School before going on to Ampleforth College, York and King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a Choral scholar.  He then studied Oboe with Celia Nicklin at the Royal Academy of Music, London before gaining the Premier Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva with Maurice Bourgue.Joe has enjoyed an extremely varied career, combining teaching with orchestral, chamber and solo performances.   He has worked with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Opera North, and is currently Principal Oboe with Scottish Opera.

Joe Houghton






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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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