Scots to get National Centre for Music

Scots to get National Centre for Music


norman lebrecht

October 10, 2021

Edinburgh city council has agreed to the conversion of the historic Royal High School building into a national music centre, housing a much-upgraded St Mary’s Music School.

The building, dated 1829 and disused as a school for half a century, had been considered variously as a site for the Scottish Parliament or a luxury hotel.

Amazingly, music won.


  • John Borstlap says:

    How nice…. a temple for music. Hopefully they won’t include hiphop, rap, pop, etc. which would aesthetically clash with the building.

    Only classical.

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    If music won over a hotel that means the building, fallow for a long time, is no longer viable.

    • Liz Burn says:

      It is more the result of years of protests against the developers inappropriate plans for such a historic site combined with the vision of musicians and philanthropists.

  • Wurm says:

    In the end, music always wins. It’s the art form with a capacity to move and soothe like no other.

  • Gary Freer says:

    It’s a handsome Greek Revival building on an important site – sad to see it slowly deteriorating. Great news for Edinburgh and the whole of the UK.

  • Donald Halliday says:

    Excellent news! It’s been a long time coming. This, along with the new Dunard Centre concert hall just along the road will bring renewed artistic vigour to the East End of Edinburgh. Together they will be a £130m investment in music teaching and performance.

  • Bratsche Brat says:

    Aye laddie!