Keir Bloomer is to spearhead a campaign to establish St Mary’s Music School as a centre for youth music for pupils from throughout Scotland
The leading Scots educationist has become an official ambassador for the Perfect Harmony campaign, which calls on upon everyone who cares about the nation’s educational and cultural future to support the move of Scotland’s national music school to the Old Royal High School on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Mr Bloomer will help lead the campaign to drive forward the Royal High School Preservation Trust’s proposal – supported by one of the largest philanthropic arts gifts to the nation – to conserve and restore the iconic Thomas Hamilton building as the new home of St Mary’s Music School, with a state-of-the-art public concert hall and public garden, taking the campaign message specifically to the education sector.
One of the authors of Scotland’s A Curriculum for Excellence, he takes on the role as ambassador to help establish the school as a centre of youth music in the Capital and significantly broaden and enhance access to music and music education for young people from throughout Scotland.
In one of the first acts in his new role, Mr Bloomer spoke at the Perfect Harmony musical rally on t 22 June at the Canongate Kirk in the Royal Mile. The event featured music from the pupils of St Mary’s Music School.
Commenting on his new appointment, Keir Bloomer said: “I am proud to become associated with the Perfect Harmony campaign as Scotland’s national music school is a perfect fit for the former Royal High School building. Both are Scottish icons and the move will allow St Mary’s Music School to grow further as a centre of excellence for music and academic achievement in Scotland. The proposed conservation and restoration of the iconic Thomas Hamilton building as the new home for the school, with a state-of-the-art public concert hall and public garden, is backed by Dunard Fund in what is one of the biggest philanthropic gift to Scotland’s education and heritage sectors.
“How can we as a nation possibly turn down such an incredible gift.”
Keir Bloomer is an independent education consultant and has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group.
He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work with the Scottish Government, local authorities, national agencies and schools.
He is also chair of the Scottish Book Trust, chair of the Tapestry Partnership (a professional development organisation for teachers), chair of the Commission on School Reform and vice-convener of Children in Scotland. He was director of education and later chief executive of Clackmannanshire Council, and until recently chair of the Court of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.