Music Scholarships recognise and reward the talent and dedication of our most gifted musicians. The Music Scholars play a particularly active role within the Music Department involving themselves in a broad range of extra-curricular activities and continuing the committed study of their instruments.
Music Scholars enter the College at 13+ after an audition in the Lent term of year 8. Typically there are between 10 and 15 Music Scholars in any year group and the level of scholarship varies between Major Scholarship - anything up to 30% of fees and free lessons on 2 instruments - and Music Exhibition - free lessons on 2 instruments.
For the audition, Music Scholarship candidates are required to perform on 2 instruments or 1 instrument and voice; one of these should be at least grade 5 standard.
Music Scholars receive an advanced programme of study in year 9. They perform in regular Scholars' recitals both within the College and at external concert venues. There are regular workshops and master classes from visiting professional musicians and termly progress reviews take place with the Director of Music. There are also opportunities to be involved in Chamber Music Groups and to take a leading role in the other College orchestras and ensembles.
Music also forms part of the assessment for 11+, 13+ Millennium and 16+ Scholarships. These are all scholarships which require assessment in more than one discipline. For the 11+ audition, candidates are required to perform on 2 instruments or 1 instrument and voice; one should be at least grade 4 standard, Millennium Scholars are required to perform on 1 instrument at least to grade 5 standard, 16+ Scholars should have 2 instruments or 1 instrument and voice; one should be at least grade 7 standard.