Piano Summer School in Scotland’s International Festival City

By March 14, 2019

Scotland’s national music school is inviting enthusiastic young pianists from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally, to a residential summer school in August of this year.

Taking place in the heart of Edinburgh during the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival, the residential course is open to pianists aged 13-19 who are at Grade 6 level and above.

Led by an experienced team of St Mary’s Music School staff, including Helena Buckmayer and St Mary’s Music School’s Head of Keyboard, John Cameron, the intensive five day course includes one-to-one teaching, workshops, performance classes, duo work, yoga and individual sessions in Alexander Technique, participation in a final public performance and evening trips to Edinburgh International Festival concerts. Full board and accommodation in twin en-suite rooms are included.

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

“St Mary’s Music School is located right in the heart of the stunning city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland and home to the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Both festivals will be taking place at the time of the Piano Summer School and provide a stimulating backdrop for the learning and cultural experience of every student on the course.

“The Piano Summer School offers a broad-ranging residential programme aimed at talented pianists who wish to expand their horizons and playing capability. This intensive course is designed to give a holistic introduction to the musical, mental and physical skills needed to grow as a pianist.

“It is suitable for those who aspire to study at conservatoire, university and professional level as well as those who simply wish to hone their skills in an atmosphere which is fun, supportive and encouraging. Places are limited to just ten students, ensuring individual focus and dedicated support”.

As well as making full use of the School’s fleet of 35 pianos including a new Model B Steinway, students will enjoy all the facilities of this historic school including, beautiful gardens, sports court and table tennis and pool tables.

Dr Taylor added:

“By offering this summer school, more young people will be able to access the excellence of our teachers and facilities. We intend to increase the number and variety of summer schools year on year. The increased space and enhanced facilities provided by a move to Old Royal High School building would only enhance this ambition.”

The cost of the Piano Summer School is £750, fully inclusive of food, accommodation and access to all facilities of the School.  Financial assistance may be available and advice can be obtained from the School bursar at bursar@st-marys-music-school.co.uk

Application forms can be obtained from the School’s website https://www.stmarysmusicschool.co.uk/instrumental-learning/summer-schools/

Photograph Caption: St Mary’s Music School’s Helena Buckmayer and St Mary’s Music School’s Head of Keyboard, John Cameron at the School’s brand new Model B Steinway piano.