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Renowned Music School faces closure.

Renowned Music School faces closure.

Campaigners say the 'national centre of excellence' in Edinburgh is unique in the UK

Concerns have emerged that a specialist music service for talented pupils – with alumni including composer Helen Grime and Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson – may close as a result of budget cuts.

Parents at the City of Edinburgh Music School reacted angrily to the news that the specialist service, which takes 50-60 pupils at the Scottish capital’s Broughton Academy and Flora Stevenson Primary School, may be subsumed into a citywide service in order to save £363,000 as councils come under pressure to find savings.

One parent, Helen Wright, said in a letter to parents at the primary school that “an apparently benign line in the proposed City of Edinburgh Council budget for next year, seeking to create a city-wide music service, is actually based on a proposal to close the Music School at Broughton and at Flora’s”.

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