Scots to get National Centre for MusicNews
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.
How nice…. a temple for music. Hopefully they won’t include hiphop, rap, pop, etc. which would aesthetically clash with the building.
So no more Beethoven in LA’s Walt Disney Hall
I always objected to that.
Baroque would clash almost as much.
No, because that is part of the same cultural continuum.
We live in hope…
If music won over a hotel that means the building, fallow for a long time, is no longer viable.
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.
In the end, music always wins. It’s the art form with a capacity to move and soothe like no other.
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.
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.