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




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Masterclasses and Workshops

Our programme of masterclasses with distinguished visitors is a central part of our teaching. All pupils either participate in or attend these workshops. Recent roll calls include François Leleux, Martin Roscoe, Helen Krizos, John Wallace, Paul Harris, Sheila Gordon, Jenn Butterworth, with workshops and assessments led by Heads of Departments from British Conservatoires.

Photos clockwise: Craig Ogden, François Leleux, Nicola Benedetti

Nigel Murray Masterclass 

This annual masterclass is held in memory of former Director of Music, Nigel Murray and operates on a three–year cycle of piano, violin and cello. We extend the invitation to teachers, to pupils and to other schools and in the past four years we have been honoured to receive world-famous musicians Steven Isserlis, Felix Andrievsky, Joanna MacGregor and Nicola Benedetti.

Nigel was the Director of Music at St Mary's Music School for 16 years and was considered to be one of the most talented and admired musicians in Scotland.

After his career as a professional violinist was affected by an arm injury he came to St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, where he taught violin, coached chamber music and conducted the school orchestra. 

Nigel died aged 64 in November 2007. Upon his death he left a gift to St Mary’s Music School to fund a series of masterclasses for the benefit of pupils at St Mary's Music School and we have extended these to welcome pupils from other schools too.

For more information about all Masterclasses and Workshops, visit out Events page.

Edinburgh Masterclass Series

Edinburgh is one of the world's cultural capitals and is visited by many internationally-renowned players on concert tours. Through our Edinburgh Masterclass Series we welcome many of them to give masterclasses and workshops which are also open to schoolchildren and music teachers across Scotland. 

Internal Masterclasses

Recent masterclasses held in school have included:

  • Mark O'Keefe, Trumpet
  • Konrad Wisziewski, Saxophone
  • Maximiliano Martin, Clarinet
  • Henry Fairs, Organ
  • Diana Salazar, Composition
  • Melinda Maxwell, Oboe
  • Allan Neave, Guitar

Celebrity 6 Series

This online series sees internationally.-renowned musicians joining the whole school online for an hour of insight, music and conversation. Find out more.

Masterclass with Pascal Roge

Photo: Pavlina in a masterclass led by Pascal Rogé 

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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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