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The Poems

The first stage of the project was the creation of seven poems by Alexander McCall Smith, one of Scotland’s most renowned authors and a great supporter of St Mary’s Music School. Inspired by Edinburgh’s unique landscape, each poem is dedicated to one of the landmark hills that surround the city.

The Composers and the Hills

Seven composers with connections to Scotland and to the School were each been commissioned to write a musical work inspired by one of the seven hills and its companion poem by McCall Smith. 

The composers are: 

Jay Capperauld

Tom David Wilson 

Neil Tòmas Smith

Helen Grime MBE

Ailie Robertson  

Simon Smith  

David Horne 


 The hills are: 

Arthur's Seat

Blackford Hill

Calton Hill

Braid Hills

Craiglockhart Hill

Corstorphine Hill

Castle Rock



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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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