Music is a popular subject on the school curriculum, with many pupils opting for GCSE, AS and A Level courses. The modern, well-equipped Music Technology studio is a popular feature for many pupils, a number of whom choose to study this subject in the sixth form. During a school week there are over twenty musical activities and more than 500 individual music lessons
There is something to suit everyone from informal evenings of chamber music to rock band extravaganzas. Music is also a prominent feature of our dramatic productions in the form of both incidental music for plays and the presentation of fully-staged operas and musicals. Recent productions have included Miss Saigon, CATS and The Marriage of Figaro.
These scholarships are awarded to talented musicians in order that they may develop and broaden all aspects of their musical ability.
Candidates will have an audition for which two contrasting pieces on at least one instrument or voice should be prepared. Importance is attached to overall musical potential and enthusiasm rather than formal qualifications.
Guidelines from the Director of Music regarding auditions for music awards:
As well as excellence as a performer, we are looking for pupils whose enthusiasm and commitment to music in all its forms will become infectious and a positive force for other young musicians in the school. In short, we are looking for potential musical leadership and inspiration.
For the audition:
- Candidates should prepare two pieces on their main instrument, and (if offered) one piece on up to two other instruments. Please note that there is no need to be able to play more than one instrument.
- Anything that will have been covered in the candidates’ latest music exam (for example, scales, sight-reading, aural tests) may be requested in the audition.
- An interview, conducted by two members of the music department, will follow the practical audition. The interview will cover such topics as the candidate's current involvement in music at his/her school or in the community; his or her listening and concert-going tastes; and finally, their attitude towards practice, rehearsals, concerts and commitment to music in general.
Required standard of performance
We are looking for personality and future potential. Although progress in graded in instrumental/vocal examinations can provide a useful indication of progress, this will not be considered a pre-requisite. In general, results at a ‘distinction’ level are considered to be more significant than the grade itself; nevertheless, the following may serve as a useful approximate guide for expected standards.
11+ Grade 4/5
13+ Grade 5/6