Scotsman Review 31.03.14

DESPITE what it says on the tin, the contents of Edinburgh Bach Choir’s spring concert only had one work by the man himself – and they didn’t sing it.

Instead, Malcolm Goodare – a pupil at the City of Edinburgh Music School – took to the stage to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No 2, and very nearly stole the show. When emotional maturity arrives, to meet the technical dexterity already firmly in place, Goodare will be a genuine force to be reckoned with.

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A report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) which looked at the degree outcomes of 130,000 young university entrants who entered full-time degree courses in autumn 2007, also confirmed previous studies suggesting that pupils at state schools do better than privately educated students, when they hold the same grades.

Review of Peebles' Orchestra's Autumn Concert:  

"The final new beginning we witnessed at Peebles' Orchestra Autumn Concert was surely that of two exciting musical careers for the evening’s outstanding young soloists. Malcolm Goodare and Alasdair Morton, both just 16 years old and pupils of Alasdair Mitchell at the City of Edinburgh Music School, joined the orchestra for a performance of Vivaldi’s Concert for Two Cellos and Strings.

Both had impressive stage presence, played with great beauty of tone (particularly evident in the central slow movement) and dealt effortlessly with the fast passagework of the outer movements. Particularly striking was how well they interacted, whether harmonising or imitating, in a way befitting experienced chamber musicians. The accompaniment by the orchestra’s strings was by turns sensitive and lively, making this a truly satisfying account of a rarely-heard work, but the stars of the show were undoubtedly the soloists, of whom we can confidently expect to hear much more in the future!".

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Not often we quote The Tatler - but nice to get a mention in the following article.....

The Tatler Guide to State Schools - 3rd January 2014

More bang for no bucks: the smarter side of the fee-free system. Alice Rose rounds up the best non-public schools in the land...

We are not idiots. We know that Tatler is the last place you might expect to find a guide to state schools. But consider this: to put two children through the private system costs around £600,000 - that's £1.2 million before tax. And is private really superior? Not always, not any more. The state sector has some spanking-new buildings, strong discipline, sporting rigour and academic ambition. Plus, your child gets a better preparation for the real world, the one where not everything is handed to them on a sterling-silver platter, where there is a cosmopolitan mix, where you will have to fight to get to the top. And best of all, when you do finally get into the Cabinet, everyone will love you because you didn't go to Eton.

So here they are, the crème de la crème of the British state system.Do everything you can to get your children a place at one of these schools - you will not regret it.

Follow the link to read a review by Music School student Isla Ratcliff in the Herald newspaper:

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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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