St Mary’s Music School Annual June Concerts for 2018

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St Mary’s Music School is welcoming the start of the summer and the finish of another successful year for Scotland’s National Music School with three concerts in the Capital this June.

There should be something for all in the series of concerts which takes off with a musical treat for jazz lovers withAmnesty Jazz – an evening of great music and tunes. The concert on Tuesday 12 June, at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in George Street, will see the school’s senior jazz ensembles directed by Richard Ingham in what is his farewell concert with the school. The evening is in association with the Undercroft Amnesty Group, Edinburgh and proceeds will be in aid of Amnesty International.

Tickets can be obtained from St Mary’s Music School (telephone: 0131 538 7766) or at the door on the night.  Prices are £7 for adults, concessions £5 and free for schoolchildren and former pupils.

The prestigious Directors’ Recital Prize, now in its 18th year, takes place in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Cathedral in Palmerston Place on Tuesday 19 June at 7.00pm. Four finalist will compete before a distinguished panel of judges for the annual award. The event is open free of charge to the public, providing the opportunity to enjoy some outstanding playing, as the four young musicians each present their short solo recitals to the audience.

The winner of last year’s prize was 19 year-old accordionist Ryan Corbett from Milngavie who went on to feature in a short film Practising /practising

The third concert, A Shropshire Lad, takes place at Queen’s Hall on Monday 25 June at 7.30 pm. The programme will include the School’s Senior Orchestra, directed by William Conway, featuring Marcus Farnsworth, baritone, singing English Song Cycles: Butterworth’s “Six songs from a Shropshire Lad” and Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs.”

The Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral and the School’s Junior and Senior Choirs, String Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will also feature in this summer celebration.

Tickets are available from St Mary’s Music School (telephone: 0131 538 7766) or from Queen’s Hall Box Office (telephone: 0131 668 2019 or

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

“These concerts represent another year of dedicated work by the pupils and teachers at Scotland’s National Music School with the summer concert providing the last opportunity for our Senior Pupils to perform before they move forward to further study towards launching their musical careers. With alumni including Steven Osborne, Garry Walker, Helen Grime, David Horne and Alexander Armstrong, our June concerts showcase many of the future leading lights in the music world.

“For aspiring professional musicians, large audiences are a real encouragement and stimulus. These three concerts, with a high quality of music performance and a widely differing range of styles, really do offer something for everyone.  We would be delighted for people to show support for the school’s pupils by joining us at one or more of these events.”

St Mary’s Music School is part of the Perfect Harmony campaign which calls upon everyone in Scotland who cares about the nation’s cultural and educational future to support the move of Scotland’s National Music School to the Old Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

Dr Taylor added:

“Scotland’s National Music School provides a specialist education for musically gifted youngsters from all across Scotland and beyond, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our school will help to provide the next generation of musicians and world-renowned performance artists across all fields of music from classical to jazz and traditional.

“The opportunity to move to the Old Royal High is too good to miss. It provides us with the rehearsal space we need, coupled with an exciting performance space, which both in turn will allow us to develop our music partnerships and greatly expand our outreach programmes. It also provides the perfect stage for further international recognition for the performing arts in Scotland and enhances our credentials as a destination for cultural education and tourism.”

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