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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Orchestras, Choirs & Ensembles

Our ensembles include a large Chamber Orchestra, and a String Ensemble. Other active groups include Early Music groups, Junior Sinfonia, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensembles currently including Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Ensembles, a Scottish Traditional Group, Jazz Combo and Guitar Ensemble.

Chamber music is part of the core curriculum

Every pupil is encouraged to experience small-scale ensemble playing as an important part of their musical education. This is reflected in our curriculum where Chamber Music is specifically timetabled, with three hours scheduled for senior pupils, half of which is tutored.

Every pupil participates in Choir on a weekly basis and the standard of Choral Singing is high throughout the school.

Peter Maxwell Davies conducting School Choir

Many pupils play with national orchestras and ensembles

Pupils also play regularly in youth orchestras such as Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Singers regularly participate in the Scottish Opera Connect programme and some also sing in National Youth Choirs of Scotland.

St Mary’s Music School encourages traditional Scottish music and improvisation and the timetable makes provision for monthly Jazz Days.

Guest conductors

Guest conductors of St Mary’s Music School Orchestra have included: Garry Walker, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Christopher Seaman, William Conway, and David Watkin.


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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