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1) Please send us the completed application form:


2) Please send us a 5 minute recording (approximately) of you performing two pieces of your own choice. These can be any style, and excerpts are allowed - the aim is to demonstrate your playing / reading ability. Please remember to include the titles of pieces along with composer names in your application form.


Please note - your recording doesn't need to be absolutely top quality! A recording on your phone/iPad/laptop will suffice. Again, the aim is to demonstrate your ability - please don't worry if your recording isn't up to record label standards!



The completed application form recordings should be sent to:





Applications are welcome up to one month before the start of the course. Applications beyond this date may be considered, depending on availability.


All applicants will be notified of the result of their application within two weeks of submission.





£150 per student


This fee covers all tuition over four days, any music provided, and the performance costs for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Travel, accommodation and any food (snacks, lunches and drinks) are NOT included.


Payment should be made by direct bank transfer. Details will be provided by the SSA upon the success of your application.


We are pleased that D'Addario Woodwinds are supporting this Summer Saxes course with a bursary towards student fees. All applicants are eligible for this bursary - full details are on the application form.

Led by saxophonists Sue McKenzie (Yanagisawa / D’Addario Artist) and Michael Brogan (Henri Selmer Paris / D’Addario Artist) this course will give young musicians the opportunity to play in a large saxophone ensemble, working on a range of different music which will be performed in a lunchtime concert at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the beautiful acoustic of St Mary’s Cathedral.


This non-residential summer school aims to inspire players with an interest in ensemble playing, whilst also providing specific instrumental guidance on areas of playing such as tone, technique, reeds and mouthpieces.


St Mary’s Music School is conveniently located in the West End of Edinburgh, a couple of minutes walk from Haymarket Station with excellent links to buses and trams. There is also free parking within the school grounds. A good selection of shops and cafes are located near by.



This course is open to:


Students between 12 - 24 years of age, playing soprano, alto, tenor or baritone saxophone


Players of ABRSM Grade 6 level (or equivalent) and above

Please note - an exam certification is not necessary, though

you must be able to demonstrate that your playing is of the

required level via your recording submission (see 'How To Apply')

Summer Saxes!


A four day saxophone ensemble course featuring a public performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Application closing date:

24th June 2018


Course: 1st - 3rd August

10am - 4.30pm each day

St Mary’s Music School

25 Grosvenor Crescent

Edinburgh, EH12 5EL


Concert: 4th August

11.30am - 2.00pm

(Concert 1pm - free entry)

St Mary’s Cathedral

Palmerston Place

Edinburgh, EH12 5AW

Academy Saxes 1 Academy Saxes 2 Summer Saxes! August 2018 - application form