Be a Chorister Afternoon - for children P3 to P5.

Find out what it's like to be a chorister and part of the award-winning Choir of St Mary's Cathedral. 

Friday 15th November, 2pm to 6pm. Free. Booking essential. 

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After Choir School

Being a chorister provides a superb musical training, but it also supports strong academic development, self-motivation and learning as well as helping to forge friendships that last a lifetime.  

Once they have come to the end of the five year programme, some choristers choose a musical pathway and audition for an Instrumentalist place at St Mary’s Music School while others choose to complete their secondary education at their local school or elsewhere. Due to their excellent musical training, choristers regularly win S3 Music Scholarships to oher schools. 

Whatever their choice, music often remains a significant and much appreciated part of life. 

"As a chorister at St Mary's I learnt everything I have needed in my life. Not just the rigorous musical education or the broad repertoire of lifelong choral favourites that you pick up along the way (the Brahms Deutsche Requiem, The St John Passion, Herbert Howells Coll Reg canticles: every one of these transports me straight back to a gloriously happy period of my life at St Mary's), but much more importantly it's where I was patiently turned from being a raggedy hopeless schoolboy into being a disciplined and professional performer.

There are profound memories of my time as a chorister there that I still draw on and which still - more than thirty years later - inspire and nourish me. Ridiculous though it may sound, I think my life was turned around and made remarkable by being a chorister, any success I have enjoyed I put down entirely to that."

Alexander Armstrong, Comedian, Actor, Television Presenter and Singer and former Chorister 

 

 

Former Choristers

Alexander Armstrong - comedian/presenter

Euan Duncan - Teacher/Theologian

Susan Hamilton - Soprano

Monica Brett-Crowther - Mezzo-soprano

Rupert Jeffcoat - Cathedral Organist/Theologian

Rory McCleery - Singer/Director

Malcolm Munro - Singer/Composer

Jacqueline (Jack) Irvine - Pop Singer

Katy Thomson - Operatic Soprano

Richard Lewis - County Councillor

Seumas Begg - Operatic Tenor

Donald Thomson - Operatic Bass

Judy Brown - Mezzo-soprano

Electra Lochhead - Soprano

Daisy Chute - Pop Singer

Graham Kirk - Lawyer/Operatic Bass

Catherine Backhouse - Soprano

Joseph Hislop - Lyric Tenor

 

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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