“As someone who benefitted from a specialist music education, I know how much this can support a young musician’s development.  If St Mary’s Music School was able to move to the site of the Former Royal High School its pupils would benefit from much improved rehearsal and performance spaces.  The move would also help the school extend its outreach work which would benefit young musicians across the city.”

Nicola Benedetti, classical violinist


“There are plans for St Mary’s Music School to move to the former Royal High School building in Edinburgh. This will offer the school a high profile location to expand and continue its work in being a musical centre of excellence in Scotland. The ties with St Mary’s Cathedral will remain strong. As a former pupil, I send my best wishes and support for a positive step forward for the arts in Scotland’s capital.”

Alexander Armstrong, Comedian, Actor, Television Presenter and Singer


St Mary’s Music School is a wonderful institution that does so much for the musical life of Scotland. What a good idea to put that superb music school into a building that was once a school and that might again serve Scotland in that role. In my view nothing could be more suitable.

Alexander McCall Smith, Author


“Hugely excited by @stmarys_music plans at former RHS site. Massive opportunity for music and the arts in Scotland.” (Tweet)

Dame Evelyn Glennie


“I enthusiastically support the plans to move St Mary's Music School into the former Royal High School. St Mary's is one of the key cultural institutions of Scotland and has provided us with some of the most important Scottish musicians over the generations. Along with the national companies and orchestras the school is one of the artistic jewels in the crown of Scotland. The move into these iconic, central premises would represent a hugely positive gesture in our capital city, showing that music and the highest artistic aspirations are important in our national life.”

Sir James MacMillan, Composer and Conductor