About

The Royal High School Preservation Trust

Established in April, 2015, the Trust set out five aims for its proposed development of the former Royal High School:

1.    Conservation of the main building

2.    Protection of the setting of the site

3.    An economically sustainable use 

4.    A culturally suitable use 

5.    A substantially public use

In August 2016 the Trust received planning consent from City of Edinburgh Council for detailed proposals to relocate St. Mary's Music School to the site, a proposal which satisfies all of these ambitions.

The conservation and restoration of the Thomas Hamilton building – which is supported financially by Dunard Fund – will allow the school to grow the number of pupils (from all backgrounds) it enrols, while extending its outreach programmes, masterclasses and workshops to more than 300 children from communities all over the country. It will also deliver three new public performance spaces and a public garden, cementing Edinburgh’s priceless UNESCO World Heritage Status.

The Perfect Harmony campaign has been created to encourage people all over Scotland who care about our economic, cultural and educational future to make their voices heard by decision makers.