Closing date for 2021/2022 applications

The City of Edinburgh Music School offers unparallelled opportunity for budding young musicians to hone their skills through expert tuition in a supportive and nurturing environment. 

The closing date for applications for the school year 2021/2022 is Monday 11 January 2021, with auditions taking place in February and March. 

Fill in the application form to apply. 

If you have any queries about the selection process, get in touch with us here.


Esme has key to piano success

Third year Esme MacBride-Stewart has made the Edinburgh Evening News after gaining the highest mark for Grade 7 piano in the country.  The ABRSM have awarded Esme the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for Pianoforte in recognition of her achievement.  Read the full article here.

National Youth Work Awards 2019

On March 13th, four CoEMS seniors provided the musical entertainment for the 2019 National Youth Work Awards at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. 

Organised annually by YouthLink Scotland, the awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of youth workers from a whole variety of organisations across the country.

Singer-songwriter Bonnie Higgs kicked off proceedings performing two of her own songs, followed by vocalist Chiara Lordi, singing one of her own songs and accompanying herself on the piano. Later on, Jazz whizz Ethan Gillespie and sax star Leon Thomson brought the musical part of the evening to a smooth close.


Lucy plays with NYO

One of our senior violinists, Lucy Ruuskasnen, successfully auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and will be playing with them on their spring tour.  Drawing its intake from all over the UK, competition for places is fierce - especially in the violin section - so Lucy has done brilliantly!  Conducted by Mexican Carlos Miguel Prieto, the orchestra will play a programme from the Americas - North and South.

Revueltas Sensemayá
Chávez Symphony No.2 (Sinfonía India)
Gershwin Piano Concerto
Copland Symphony No.3The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in the Barbican Hall, London

Tour dates:

Fri 12 April 7.30pm
Southbank Centre, London
Box Office 020 3879 9555
£8-£22 / £5 under 25s

Sat 13 April 7.30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Box Office 0151 709 3789
£10-£27 / £5 under 25s

Sun 14 April 4.00pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Box Office 0121 780 3333
£12.50-£30 / £5 under 30s


Homecoming II at the Queen’s Hall

On Monday 4th March, the City of Edinburgh Music School held its QUEENSHALL HOMECOMING A4second Homecoming concert in Edinburgh’s iconic Queen’s Hall, celebrating students past and present in a joyful showcase of musical skill and performing prowess. 

CoEMS musicians from Broughton and Flora’s wowed a packed house with solo and ensemble numbers, culminating in a memorable performance of Mackay's Memoirs, Martyn Bennett’s powerful and moving final work: commissioned for the centenary of Broughton High School, written specifically for his fellow CoEMS co-students and then performed as part of the celebrations for the opening of the Scottish Parliament on July 1st 1999. 

The whole evening was compèred by Lisa Kerr, a contemporary of Martyn Bennett’s at the Music School and now Principal of Gordonstoun.

Josie speaks up for her generation

Josie Law (S3) recently had a letter published in the Edinburgh Evening News, in which she writes eloquently about climate change and how her generation needs to act now.  You can read the letter in full here.


 Edinburgh enviro march


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Guide for Parents

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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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