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




Lis Dooner

After studying flute in Glasgow with David Nicholson and London with William Bennett, Lis had a busy freelance career working with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, London Classical Players and Academy of Ancient Music. She returned to Scotland in 1988 to join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with whom she has performed alongside international soloists and conductors. Lis has been involved in many chamber music concerts and concertos with the SCO as well as starting “SCO LAB”, an innovative group set up to explore new ways of devising music and to work with musicians from different cultures and disciplines. 

Lis teaches baroque and concert flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a busy private teaching practice. She is much in demand as a visiting tutor on flute courses where she has worked alongside Sarah Newbold, Wissam Boustany, Ruth Morley and Ian Clark. Elisabeth recently visited Bangkok, Thailand, with Sarah Newbold where they delivered a series of highly successful flute workshops. Lis' interest in baroque music and style, combined with experience in the Dalcroze method of teaching music, makes her classes particularly interesting and challenging.

Lis Dooner







Additional Responsibilities

Wind Ensemble
Performance Practice



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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