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




Neil Short

Neil Short was born in the Borders and took his degrees at the University of Edinburgh. He began his teaching career in the Physics Department of George Heriot's School, later taking up post as the school's Head of S6.

Since retiring in 2009, he has continued his involvement in science education through the Institute of Physics and as a STEM Ambassador. He is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts and served on the Society's Council. He plays trombone in a number of local orchestras and music groups.

Neil Short

Appointed to the Board

14 March 2012

Current Role


Board Committees

Education & Safeguarding Committee
Remuneration Committee


BEd, MEd, MInstP



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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