St Mary's Music School partners with leading UK Brass Musicians to bring two 'Lower Brass Days' to Edinburgh and Elgin, free-to-attend for all

Friday, December 15, 2023

St Mary's Music School - a specialist music school based in the heart of Edinburgh, with generous tuition funding available and admission based solely on musical promise - has partnered with leading UK brass players to bring an exciting series of Lower Brass Days to Edinburgh and Elgin aimed at encouraging young people to study the trombone, euphonium, tenor and baritone horns, and tuba

  • Lower Brass Days to be held in Edinburgh and Elgin, with each day free to attend.
  • Lower Brass Days to boost and encourage access to the trombone, euphonium, tenor and baritone horns, and tuba, through a day of presentations, masterclasses, ensemble work, and concerts from an array of leading performers and teachers.
  • St Mary's Music School 'Instrument Library' for young musicians will also see its second phase come to fruition.
Taking place on Saturday 24 February in Edinburgh (The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Lothian Road) and Sunday 25 February in Elgin (Elgin Academy), the school hopes to expand local access to music within schools, and to raise the profile of, and interest in, lesser available brass instruments. In addition to taster sessions with Buffet Crampon (a prominent market leader in the manufacturing of top of the range wind instruments), attendees will be welcomed to a day of presentations, masterclasses, ensemble work, and concerts - free to attend for all and open for participation to school aged pupils.

Buffet Crampon will supply instruments for Taster Sessions; whilst Martin Thomson, Danielle Price, John Kenny, Jonathan Gawn, Oren Marshall (Trinity Laban), Arlene Macfarlane, Emily White (British Trombone Society), and representatives from UK Conservatoires will lead an array of presentations and performances. 

Euan Meikle, Sales Manager for Buffet Crampon in the UK and Ireland said: 

"The cultivation of new talent is both a core principle for me and Buffet Crampon, as well as crucial to the survival of our music industry. I look forward to presenting the Prodigy 'Come and Play' Experience, which aims to give attendees the opportunity to view a demonstration, play an instrument and even take a virtual reality tour of how instruments are made via Virtual Reality!"

As well as celebrating brass musicianship nationwide,it is hoped the Lower Brass Days will also see the second phase of St Mary's Music School 'Instrument Library' come to fruition and further democratise access to quality musical instruments. Launched in Autumn 2023, the Instrument Library has seen St Mary's Music School invest in a small fleet of endangered instruments with the hopes of nourishing musical potential in the early years. Entrusted to specific teachers, instruments such as the oboe and bassoon can be loaned out for three years, with the possibility of extension to pupils who might otherwise find accessing these instruments financially prohibitive.  

Director of Music John Cameron said: 

"We are excited to be working with leading brass professionals from across the UK in providing free access to days of activities to celebrate the world of lower brass. This is part of our active musical outreach programme which includes our 'Instrument Library', set up to give young musicians access to quality instruments at an early age."

Amongst an exciting day of Lower Brass events, St Mary's Music School is also running a Composition Competition for school age composers aged 10 - 18 across Scotland, with the chosen winning 'Fanfare' to be performed on both days by leading musicians. Four runners up will also be invited to have their compositions 'workshopped' by the School - and all shortlisted entries will receive feedback from a panel of composers.Entry to the competition closes on 20 December 2023.

Lower Brass Days 2024: 

Saturday February 24th in Edinburgh (Register here
Sunday February 25th in Elgin (Register here)