Scholarships

    Music Scholarships are offered at 13+ and Sixth Form entry.  Entrants at 13+ should be at least Grade 5+ or equivalent in their first instrument and entrants at 16+ should be at least Grade 8 level.

    Scholars should demonstrate a desire to improve as a musician through consistent and significant practice and to support the Music Department’s wide range of activities on offer by participating in and attending concerts, masterclasses and other musical events.  They would join the Chapel Choir, Choral Society and other musical activities as considered appropriate by the Director of Music and be a presence in the Music School, setting an example to others by displaying enthusiasm and commitment

    13+ Scholarship auditions take place annually in February and are designed to discover potential as well as test actual performance.  Candidates usually offer two instruments, at least one to a standard higher than Grade 5 Associated Board, although it is not necessary for the candidate to be examined at that level.  An ability to sing will be taken into consideration and special encouragement is given to Choristers as the Peter Cairns Choral Scholarship is offered each year.

    Sixth Form Scholarship auditions take place annually in November and are designed to discover potential as well as test actual performance. Candidates usually offer two instruments, at least one to Grade 8 standard, but single instrumentalists are also encouraged to apply.

    Unparalleled performing opportunities are on offer; the Department stages in excess of 50 concerts each year, ranging from informal lunchtime recitals to major choral and orchestral events, with top music Scholars being given the chance to perform concertos with the orchestra.  The Chapel Choir makes frequent CD recordings and sings Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey each year, in addition to regular School Chapel services. Choir tours to Northern France, the Veneto and Tuscany, Bavaria, Barcelona and New York within the past few years have provided the opportunity to sing in exciting venues further afield, including St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, St Mark’s, Venice and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. 

    A strong tradition of Oxford and Cambridge organ and choral awards exists, as well as places at top conservatoires.  Scholars are encouraged to join the National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Choirs and other courses during the school holidays.  Internal competitions are held annually and chamber groups participate in the National Chamber Music Competition.

    Those winning music scholarships and exhibitions (which may include both choral and organ awards) qualify for free tuition on a specified number of instruments and free participation in professional masterclasses and consultation lessons approved by the Director of Music.  A considerable number of top music Scholars go on to become professional musicians, as performers, teachers or in the recording industry.