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




Be a Chorister Afternoon 

An afternoon for children P3 to P5 to discover what life is like as a Chorister

Friday 31st January, 2pm to 6pm. 

Being a chorister provides an excellent music and academic education and is immensely rewarding. In this very special afternoon we welcome Primary Pupils P3-P5 who enjoy singing for a special opportunity to join in an afternoon with the Choristers of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and find out what life is like as a chorister. 

Places are open to boys and girls of all religious denominations or none, who love to sing and who can commit to five years of specialist education from P5.  Probationary places may be available from P3 and P4. 

We start with some fun warm-ups in the Cathedral with the Master of Music, Duncan Fergusson, and learn some new music together ready for a performance at the end of the day. Then we head to St Mary's Music School where children take part in an interactive lesson with current pupils, before afternoon tea and heading back to the Cathedral to change into formal dress and sing with the full Cathedral Choir for Evensong. Parents are invited to attend for the afternoon and will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions in a separate afternoon session.  

The only requirement for children to attend is a passion for singing. 

Please note: We are not currently able to offer boarding places to choristers, therefore the expectation is that choristers will be able to travel to the Cathedral six days a week. 

There are limited places, so enrol early to avoid disappointment!

  • Full time chorister places begin in P5 and last for five years.
  • Probationer chorister places begin in P3 or P4. 
  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions about being a chorister.
  • Find out more about being a chorister here. 
  • Financial support is available. 

For more information and to book a place, please email Mary Walls, mwalls@st-marys-music-school.co.uk or telephone 0131 5387766





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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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