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St Mary’s Music School Announces Thrilling Summer Concerts, including much anticipated performance at Glasgow City Halls 


Following the recent announcement of their new Vocal Programmes expansion, Edinburgh-based St Mary’s Music School – an acclaimed specialist music school established in 1972 – is set to welcome in the warmer months with two thrilling Summer Concerts at the Queen’s Hall (20 June) and an exciting collaborative Glasgow performance at the City Halls (24 June). The School’s Lord Clyde Concerto Competition winner, William, will also travel to Glasgow to perform a special rendition of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.

The Edinburgh music school is delighted to travel to Glasgow to perform for new and existing audiences alike. The highly anticipated performance will be conducted by RSNO conductor and the School’s Artistic Director, Robert Baxter.

Featuring classical music from composers Lalo, Hindemith, Ticheli and Janáček, Glasgow audiences will have the opportunity to see students from St Mary’s Music School’s String Ensemble, Senior Orchestra, and Choir perform. Pupils from the Douglas Academy will also join the School in-concert for an exciting new musical collaboration and first for Glasgow audiences.

A long-standing member of the RSNO and appointed Artistic Director to the School in 2023, Robert Baxter will conduct the night’s closing composition, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole – performed by St Mary’s Music School S4 student William, the 2024 winner of the prestigious Lord Clyde Concerto Competition. In addition to conducting the School’s upcoming Summer Concerts, Robert Baxter has also recently conducted the music for productions of Cinderella and the Scottish tour of Swan Lake.

“I am feeling nervous but also definitely looking forward to performing this piece, it is a huge privilege to have this opportunity and I owe this to my music teachers for their guidance and everyone involved in the orchestra who have made this a fantastic experience!”

The Lord Clyde Memorial Prize is an annual competition and is a highlight in the St Mary’s Music School calendar – any pupil from S3 and above is welcome to enter. Lord James Clyde became a Trustee of the School in 1978 and the Prize was kindly donated by his wife Anne Clyde after his passing in 2009.

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