On February 6, almost exactly 20 years ago, Martyn Bennett was commissioned to write a special piece of music to commemorate the centenary of his alma mater – Broughton High School/City of Edinburgh Music School.

‘Mackay’s Memoirs’ was then used for the Opening Ceremony of the New Scottish Parliament in Princes Street Gardens on 1 July 1999, and televised live from the gardens as the Red Arrows flew over.

Responding to public demand it was recorded in January 2005 and completed on the day Martyn died - 30 January 2005. It is his final and, many would say, best work.

On March 4, as part of the Queen’s Hall celebration of its 40th year as one of Edinburgh’s best-loved venues, musicians who were involved in the original performance or recording are invited back to revisit the piece 20 years on, with the current crop of specialist musicians. They will also work on new collaborations with the students (including two world premieres), and solo and ensemble pieces that showcase our young ‘stars of the future’. Many other former students will also be joining in for this amazing celebration of Scottish music, pride and hope for the future.

Tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall, but selling fast: https://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/homecoming-2-return-mackays-memoirs

The closing date for Music School Applications for Academic Year 2019/20 is Tuesday 8 January 2019.

ForSaskia5mer Music School and Broughton student, Saskia Eng, features in the next stage of The Voice on Saturday, the battles.  Tune in from 8.30pm.  Good luck Saskia.

4th Year student, Ruairi Logan, competed in the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters Wheelchair Tennis competition in Tarbes, France at the weekend (27/28 January), winning the Doubles title and now ranked No. 1 in the world.  Congratulations Ruairi!

The appendix to consult on removing the Music School from Floras & Broughton has been removed from the current council proposals.

We wish to thank all parents, former pupils, students, elected representatives, friends and media organisations that have supported us over the past two weeks.



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Guide for Parents


In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.

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The Selection Procedure


A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.

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