School provides musical intro to Edinburgh’s summer

Young instrumentalists from St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh

St Mary’s Music School provides a musical introduction to Edinburgh’s Summer

A musical introduction to Edinburgh’s summer is on the horizon with three eclectic concerts in June, showcasing the talents of the rising young stars at St Mary’s Music School, Scotland’s specialist music school.

Starting off the programme is Cool Sounds for Summer – Jazz at the Jam House,directed by Richard Ingham. This provides an opportunity to enjoy music by Pat Metheny, Abdullah Ibrahim, Thelonius Monk and Richard Ingham, played by the School’s senior jazz ensembles.

The concert takes place at the Jam House, 5 Queen Street, Edinburgh at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 9 June 2015.  Tickets cost £4 with school children and former St Mary’s Music School pupils at a discounted rate of £2 per ticket.

On 16 June, the Directors’ Recital Prize Competition takes place with outstanding young soloists competing before a distinguished panel of judges for this annual prestigious prize. This year’s judges are Simon Frith, Chair of St Mary’s Music School Trust Ltd and Tovey Professor, Reid School of Music, The University of Edinburgh, Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and David Watkin, Head of Strings at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The event takes place at 7.00 pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh and admission is free.

The third event in the season is Ancient Airs and Dances, providing a memorable and varied programme of music from St Mary’s Music School Orchestra, Strings, Brass, Traditional and Jazz Ensembles and Voices, including the Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral.

Ancient Airs and Dances will take place at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh at 7.30 pm on Monday, 22 June.  Tickets are £10, concessions £7 and £3 for schoolchildren and former pupils of St Mary’s Music School.

Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher of St Mary’s Music School, said:

“St Mary’s Music School offers a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years.  Entry to the school is by audition and assessment, based on musical ability and potential, regardless of personal financial circumstances. We are very proud of our pupils who come from many different backgrounds and from all parts of Scotland as well as elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

“Our programme of concerts in June is an eclectic mix taking in everything from the prestigious annual Director’s Recital Prize Competition to jazz and music from the Renaissance to the present day. Our young musicians are looking forward to performing and we hope many people will come and enjoy one or more of our events.”

Tickets for the 9 June concert are available from St Mary’s Music School, Telephone: 0131 538 7766 and at the door on the night.

No tickets are required for the event at St Mary’s Cathedral on 16 June.

Concert tickets for 22 June are available from St Mary’s Music School, Telephone: 0131 538 7766 and from the Queen’s Hall Box Office, Telephone: 0131 668 2019.

Further information about St Mary’s Music School can be found at:

St Mary’s Music School is Scotland’s only independent specialist music school offering a world class standard of musical and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment.  It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.  It is co-educational, non-denominational and has day and boarding pupils from across Scotland and beyond.

Entry to the school is by audition and assessment, based on musical ability and potential, regardless of personal financial circumstances.  Scottish Government funding, up to 100 per cent, is available through the Aided Places Scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees. The school is funded by the Scottish Government, fees, private donations and rental income generated by the school.

The choir school was opened in 1880 to educate choristers for the newly built St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Links to the Cathedral remain strong and have evolved over the years so that the choir is open to girls as well as boys and since 1972, the school has educated young instrumentalists, composers and singers

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