Concert in aid of Old Royal High School appeal 4 May 2018

As covered in the recent summary of the April NTBCC meeting, the developers behind the plans to turn the Old Royal High School into a luxury hotel have appealed against the unanimous decision by the City of Edinburgh Council Development Management Committee not to grant them planning permission. An alternative plan to sensitively use the building as a new base for St. Mary’s Music School has already received planning permission. The matter will now be decided by Scottish Ministers at hearings planned for September – which will result in significant legal costs for the team objecting to the hotel. 

NTBCC is collaborating with the Cockburn Association and Edinburgh World Heritage (EWHT) on this. We value the significant role which both EWHT and the Cockburn Association are playing in sustaining constructive opposition to the proposed development.

As well as encouraging everyone who values Edinburgh’s heritage to support them by becoming a member and/or offer financial support for the campaign – we are delighted that, in act of solidarity, the world renowned Yehudi Menuhin Music School have agreed to give a fundraising concert at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on May 4th.

The programme will include Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Debussy.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards covering the legal costs incurred during the appeal process.

Please support the campaign by attending the concert if you can, as well as spreading the word to friends and family. If you’d like to attend the concert you can buy tickets at :

Please help us make this event a huge success.