Anna joined the Music School in Primary 5 at the age of 9. She originally auditioned on piano and violin but switched from violin to clarsach soon after. In S1 she started vocal lessons and in S5 started working with music technology and recording. Anna left the Music School in June 2014 with Baccalaureat in Expressive Arts (distinction), Advanced Highers in Music, Art and English and 5 A Grades at SQA Higher. She also passed Grade 8 Clarsach, Piano and Voice.
Anna was a finalist in the BBC programme ‘The Voice’ and the YouTube video of her singing ‘Get Lucky’ has had over 10 million hits so far.
Anna accepted a place at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is also performing, recording and making videos of her own songs.
Fiona joined the music school for her last 2 years at school after auditioning on saxophone and guitar. She then stated serious study on piano and theory and was a member of the school, regional and national jazz ensembles.
Fiona left school with 5 A Grades at Higher, Advanced Higher Music and the right to use the letters ALCM after her name - having gained a distinction in her Associate Diploma of the London College of Music.
During her last year at school Fiona taught saxophone throughout the week and is now studying for a teaching degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University.
Isla joined the music school in S2 after already attending Broughton as her local school in S1. She studied Violin, Piano, Viola and Voice and was a member of NYOS, NYCoS, EYO and leader of ESSO and the school String Ensemble.
Highlights of her time at the school include performing a duet with Nicola Benedetti on stage at the Usher Hall, conducting the RSNO, winning the Amnesty International song competition, setting up an Amnesty Group in school, working with severely disabled children, playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and gaining an A grade at A Level Russian – for fun!
Isla also earned the right to use the letters AMusTCL after her name after passing her Associate of the Trinity College diploma, and also gained a Diploma on Violin, Grade 8 on Piano and theory, 2 Advanced Highers and 5 A grades at Higher.
Isla is currently studying music at Oxford after completing a summer teaching violin in Uganda. Her blog can be found at:
Oscar joined the Music School in P6 and plays the recorder and piano and plays electric guitar and sings in an alternative rock band that have an EP released.
Oscar was offered places at all the conservatoires across the UK before accepting a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In his last year at the Music School Oscar enjoyed taking part in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and leading a recorder trio which won the Edinburgh Competition Festival Chamber Music prize.
He left school with 3 Advanced Highers, 4 Highers at Grade A, and Grade 8 Recorder & Piano.
Update on Oscar is that in July 2018 he graduated from the Royal Academy with a First Class degree in historical performance. Further information is available here.
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.
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.