Awakening Edinburgh’s Architectural Masterpiece

The Royal High School Preservation Trust has begun work to conserve Thomas Hamilton’s architectural masterpiece and create a new cultural legacy for Edinburgh and for Scotland by reviving the building as a National Centre for Music.
Calton Hill
“ If there are reasons for people to feel proud of Scotland – 
and there certainly are – then these reasons are to be found here. ”
Alexander McCall Smith

A new life for 
an architectural masterpiece

Creating a National Centre for Music on Calton Hill is a golden opportunity to reinvigorate an architectural gem and further enhance Scotland’s musical reputation.

South Terrace Entrance Architects impression of South entrance

A National 
Centre for Music

The National Centre

This ambitious project will provide a catalyst to strengthen the bonds between Scotland’s music communities and provide a resource for the people of Edinburgh and Scotland to come together to experience music in all its forms.

Short Perspective Section Cross section of the Architect designs

The people behind the project

The Trust was established in 2015 with a stated ambition to conserve and protect the Thomas Hamilton building on Calton Hill, and to find an economically sustainable and culturally suitable use for the whole site.

Our core partners
people speaking to person in green hoodie

Architectural excellence

Meeting the demands of world-class music scholars, performers and creators requires the vision of world-class architects.

Our architects
Front of Royal High School

Become a supporter

We would like to thank Liam Carlton, Mike Wilkinson, Simpson and Brown and Richard Murphy architects for providing the photographs used across the site.

If you would like to play a role in fulfilling our ambition, please get in touch.

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Main Hall Architects impression of Main Hall

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