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Competitions and Prizes

Throughout the year there are a number of music competitions and prizes which pupils may enter if they wish to do so. 

Lord Clyde Memorial Prize

This Concerto Competion takes place in school and is judged by an external guest or panel. The winner plays at the annual Spring Concert which takes place at St Mary's Cathedral. 





Alexander Kwon, Piano


Robert Johnston, French Horn

2021 Cliodhna Scott, Flute
2020 Cliodhna Scott, Flute
2019 Momo Ueda, Violin
2018   Leo Kerr, Clarinet
2017   Ryan Corbett, Accordion
2016 Hugh Mackay, Cello
2015 Findlay Spence, Cello
2014 Clara Hyder
2013 Electra Lochhead
2012 Katherine Bryer

Directors' Recital Prize

This annual prize, funded by the Directors of St Mary's Music School, was inaugurated in 2001 with the aim of providing pupils with the experience of public solo performance in a competitive situation.

Four finalists perform in the final recital held in St Mary's Cathedral.


2022 John Hall, Saxophone
2021 Layla Ballard, Cello
2020 Sofia Ros, Accordion and Cliodhna Scott, Flute*
2019 Marie-Sophie Baumgartner, Violin
2018      Salvador Sanchez, Piano
2017      Ryan Corbett, Accordion
2016 Aaron Akugbo, Trumpet
2015 Anna Michels, Piano
2014 David Swan, Jazz Piano
2013 Morag Robertson, Viola
2012 Bethany Crockett, Piano
2011 Sarah Park, Piano
2010 Jakub Gutkowski, Piano
2009 Emily Hoile, Harp
2008 Taylor MacLennan, Flute
2007 David Gray, Piano
2006 Esther Swift, Harp
2005 Christopher Guild, Piano
2004 Gillian Maitland, Percussion
2003 Kirstie Campbell, Saxophone
2002 Julia Rogers, Violin
2001 Philip Higham, Cello

 *In 2020 due to the impact of Covid 19, the competition was held online and divided into two categories, polyphonic and monophonic. 

Edinburgh Competition Festival Concerto Competition

The Edinburgh Competition Festival is held in the city every Spring. An undoubted highlight to the Festival is the opportunity to play a Concerto with full Orchestral accompaniment. 

2022 Festival 

Ethan Loch (piano), Shakira Segalla-Humbert (cello) and Sofia Ros (accordion) competed for the Audrey Innes Trophy which was won by Sofia playing Piazzolla Aconcagua Concerto for Accordion. All three participants were former pupils at St Mary's Music School. 

2021 - no festival

2020 Festival

Pavlina Gusheva  (S5) won the Piano Solo 15 Minute Recital.

2019 Festival

Cliodhna Scott, Shakira Segalla-Humbert, Isobel Barber, Victor Seifert, Noa Arranz, Benjamin Thomas, Emma Scott, Katie Heron were all medal winners. 

2018 Festival

Emma Baird (violin, S6 Ext) - Final Concert and Concerto Class Winner

Other finalists this year included Sofia Ros (accordion, S4) and Rachel Spence (viola, S6 Ext)

Other notable results include:

William Fielding (S6 Ext), winner of the Piano Solo 15 Minute Recital

Jakub Zalewski (S5), highly commended in the Piano Solo 10 Minute Recital

Rory Kemp (S2), commended in the Piano Solo 10 Minute Recital

2017 Festival

Concerto competition finalists included Ryan Corbett (accordion) and Hugh Mackay (cello)

Guitarists Misha Ruzov, Eoseph Caimbeul, Eve Boulos and Alex Mackie won the Guitar Ensemble Class




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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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