Young Musicians invited to St Mary’s Music School


If your child loves to sing, or plays a musical instrument exceptionally well, Scotland’s national music school would like to hear from you.

The school, based in Edinburgh’s West End, is Scotland’s only independent specialist music school and takes pupils from all over Scotland and abroad, offering a world-class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years old, in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment.

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 percent, is available for all UK and EU children through the Aided Places Scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees. Cathedral and School bursaries are also available.

There are currently 77 pupils at the school; 48 are day pupils and 29 are boarders.  St Mary’s Music School is also the Choir School to St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh and is the only place in Scotland to offer a chorister education. Television presenter Alexander Armstrong is a former chorister pupil. It is co-educational, non-denominational and attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland and beyond.

Every year some of the most brilliant musical talent in the country emerges from St Mary’s Music School, which included musicians of the stature of pianist Steven Osborne, conductor Garry Walker and cellist Philip Higham among its alumni.

While St Mary’s Music School runs an academic school year which accords with other schools, potential pupils are always welcome to apply and audition throughout the year. This year there are still a limited number of additional places available, including boarding and chorister places.

Inviting young musicians to an Open Day on Saturday 6 October, Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher of St Mary’s Music School, said:

“We are keen to hear from young musicians with the talent and potential to benefit from a specialist music education.  We have an Open Afternoon on 6 October so if any children or their families would like to see what the school has to offer, we look forward to welcoming them.”

“We know that there are many young musicians in Scotland who may not even be aware of the school’s existence.  We would be delighted to see them at our Open Afternoon to see whether St Mary’s Music School is a place where they could flourish.”

 Young musicians who are interested in a full-time specialist music education are invited, with their parents and teachers, to St Mary’s Music School’s Open Afternoon on Saturday 6 October between 2.30 – 4.30pm at Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL in the West End of the capital – just two minutes from Edinburgh Haymarket Station.

There will be music, tours of the school, including the boarding facilities, and a chance to talk with staff, pupils and parents to discover the advantages of combining a strong academic education with specialist music training.

Post-Higher students wishing to study music at university or music college are also welcome, to find out about the part-time music opportunities available to give them further experience or qualifications.

For further information please visit: St Mary’s Music School on Facebook and Twitter and the school’s website –

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