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




Kathryn Jourdan

Kathryn studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, then viola as a postgraduate with Simon Rowland Jones at the Royal Northern College of Music. She taught violin and coached chamber music ensembles at Chetham’s School of Music, and was a practice supervisor with special pastoral responsibility for 11-14 year olds. She freelanced with Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic and various chamber groups.

From 1990-95 she was a member of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, working with Simon Rattle and taking an active role in the orchestra’s outreach work. She then returned to Cambridge to train as a secondary music teacher whilst playing in a London-based string quartet for three years. In 1998 she moved to Edinburgh, where she freelances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She recently completed a PhD in the philosophy of music education based in the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University.

Kathryn Jourdan


BA Hons, PG Dip, PGCE, MEd, PhD


Academic Music


Pre-U Academic Music



Additional Responsibilities

Chamber Music


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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