Weekly concerts, annual soirees, choir tours of European cathedrals and everything in between; music weaves itself into every facet of life at the College. The policy of the department is that if a pupil picks up an instrument for the first time on a Monday, they can join an ensemble on Tuesday.

While we make it our mission to encourage the beginner, and make room for the more tunefully-challenged, our elite musicians are catered for handsomely.

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 Expectations of a Music Scholarship-holder.

Award holders are expected to:

  • participate fully in musical ensembles/choirs as directed by the Director of Music
  • make consistent progress in their instrumental/vocal studies through regular lessons and practice
  • perform in the annual Scholars’ Concert and other concerts and to be an ambassador for music within the school
  • regularly attend musical events in school
  • study Music to at least GCSE level.

In addition to the financial aspect of the award, Music Award-holder will receive tuition, free of charge, on one or two instruments as appropriate by Tutors employed by the College. 

Qualifying for a Music Scholarship at 11+.

The assessment will last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates should be of Grade IV standard on their first instrument; however, promising candidates below this may be considered. Please note that the term ‘instrument’ includes voice.  

Candidates should perform two contrasting pieces on their first instrument and a further piece on any other instruments offered. They will sight read on their first instrument, respond to aural tests, and then have a brief interview with the Director of Music. In this interview candidates will be expected to discuss their musical studies and interests, including their involvement in musical groups and activities.

Assessment dates for 2019 entry

  • Week commencing 14 January 2019.

Qualifying for a Music Scholarship at 13+.

The assessment will last approximately 25 minutes. Candidates should be of a standard of at least Grade V on their main instrument, or at least Grade VI for pianists. Please note that the term ‘instrument’ includes voice.

Candidates offering one instrument will be required to perform three contrasting pieces of their own choice, to read at sight and to respond to aural tests. 

Candidates offering two or more instruments will be required to perform two contrasting pieces on their first instrument and one piece on each of their other instruments, to read at sight on their first instrument and to respond to aural tests.

All candidates will have a brief interview where candidates will be expected to discuss their musical studies and interests, including their involvement in musical groups and activities. 

Assessment dates for 2019 entry

  • Week commencing Monday 4 March 2019.

Qualifying for a Music Scholarship at 16+.

Candidates should be of a standard of at least Grade VIII on their first instrument. Please note that the term ‘instrument’ includes voice.

Candidates offering one instrument will be required to perform three contrasting pieces of their own choice, to read at sight and to respond to aural tests followed by a short interview. 

Candidates offering two or more instruments will be required to perform two contrasting pieces on their first instrument and one piece on each of their other instruments, to read at sight on their first instrument and to respond to aural tests.

The assessment will conclude with a brief interview with the Director of Music where candidates will be expected to discuss their musical studies and interests, including their involvement in musical groups and activities.

Assessment dates for 2019 entry

  • Wednesday 6 or Friday 8 November 2018, for girls.
  • Wednesday 13 or Friday 15 November 2018, for boys.