Project information

Help Shape the Future of Music Scholarship Fund

St Mary's Music School is a national resource, open to all, regardless of personal circumstances, and places are awarded purely on musical ability and potential. The development of this Scholarship Fund will make it possible to invite additional deserving young musicians to study at the School

August 2015 - July 2016

Charity information: St Mary's Music School

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  • Need


    The Scottish Government's Aided Places Scheme offers means tested scholarships for 51 students. Currently St Mary's Cathedral as well as Friends and Donors of the School help to support scholarships. Help us to ensure that St Mary's Music School can offer the highest standard of music and academic education to as many aspiring young musicians as possible. Give to the Scholarship Fund to help St Mary's Music School ensure that it can continue to support all deserving students.


    The Help Shape the Future of Music Scholarship Fund will assist additional students to attend the School. This will enable more talented young musicians, regardless of background or personal circumstances, to receive an excellent music and academic education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £40,000 in aid of the Scholarship Fund.


    » The School Development activity will recruit additional members and donors in support of the Fund.

    It is our intention to raise £40,000 through the Big Give from July to December 2014.

    Aim 2

    To celebrate the achievements of past scholarship recipients.


    » The School newsletter will focus on stories of past recipients and how the Fund enabled their talents to flourish.

    Additional emphasis will be placed on catching-up with the alumni in order to celebrate their successes.

    Aim 3

    To ensure all possible audiences know about the Scholarship Fund campaign.


    » To create a new web-page with online giving so that there is no barrier to giving to the Scholarship Fund.

    The School's Fundraising Committee is focused on connecting the success of the School to new and loyal audiences.

  • Impact


    It is vital that St Mary's Music School provides additional Scholarship support as it takes years of dedicated training and support to develop those with special music abilities. The School already has alumni as diverse as professional pianist Steven Osborne, soprano Susan Hamilton and conductor Garry Walker.


    The risk of not finding the resources to support the finest young musical talent is unthinkable. The School is taking proactive steps to ensure that its fundraising activities are robust so that it can continue to support additional places for the most deserving young musicians.


    St Mary's Music School has an active Fundraising Committee that is charged with ensuring that all donors are thanked and sent a bi-annual newsletter recording the School's activities and celebrating students' achievements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Scholarships Providing means tested scholarships for both instrumental and choral students.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Annual donors £10,000 Conditional
    Board members £10,000 Guaranteed
    New donors tbc £10,000 Conditional
    The Big Give £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    St Mary's Music School is Scotland's specialist music school and the Choir School of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. The School is located in the West End of Edinburgh in a quiet leafy campus, minutes away from the city centre, airport and Haymarket Station.


    Young, talented music students, boys and girls, aged between eight and 19 and of enormous potential will benefit from the Scholarship Fund.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ever since the need for our school was championed by the great educationalist and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, St Mary's Music School has achieved the highest results for its students - many of whom go on to study at the top music colleges and universities worldwide and then play an active part in the vibrant music sector. St Mary's Music School is unique in Scotland with over 40 years of demonstrable success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Kenneth Taylor, BSc Hons, PhD, PGCE, PG Dip

    Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher since April 2013. Academic background in university science research and education. Singer, violist, pianist, organist.

    Paul Stubbings, MusB Hons, Prix D'Excellence (Amsterdam)

    Paul Stubbings, Director of Music since April 2012. Formerly Master of the Music, St Martin-in-the-Fields. Educationalist, organist, choral director.

    Simon Frith BA,MA,PhD, FBA

    Simon Frith, Chairman of the board since December 2012. Tovey Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the British Academy.

    Gavin Gemmell CBE, D Univ, CA

    Gavin Gemmell CBE, Director since 2010, Chairman, Fundraising Committee. CA; Investor Director/Chairman, Archangels; former Chairman Scottish Widows.

It was a great pleasure to work with the young musicians.... what struck me was their natural musicality and innate sense of style.

Christopher Seaman