Music holds a very special place in the tradition of artistic and academic excellence at Sherborne Girls, and music scholarships offer exciting opportunities for girls to play a leading role in this vital aspect of the school’s life.
Our major scholarships offer up to £3000 per annum and minor awards of up to £1500 per annum; means-tested bursaries can raise considerably the effective amount of an award. Music Exhibitions are also offered to girls showing real potential. Both these awards cover the cost of music tuition for up to three lessons per week.
Candidates should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces on their first instrument and one piece on their second instrument, and scales and arpeggios of the appropriate standard on both. A member of staff will act as accompanist and candidates may be required to stay in school overnight so as to provide sufficient time for rehearsal before the audition. Considerable importance will be placed upon a candidate’s ability to prepare and perform a previously unseen piece of music (for which ample time will be given), and a comprehensive oral assessment will include a listening paper and standard rhythm and pitch tests. All candidates are encouraged to offer singing in addition to their instrumental performances, and any original compositions will also be taken into account.
Award holders will have the opportunity to perform regularly both as members of musical groups and as soloists. The Events Calendar incorporates a regular programme of large-scale choral and orchestral concerts. A series of Celebrity Concerts brings a variety of visiting artists to give master-classes and recitals. Award holders are expected to practise regularly, participate in appropriate groups and ensembles and attend rehearsals promptly.
Sixth Form Music Scholarship
Assessments will take place on 7 and 8 November 2017.
Candidates should have reached Grade 7 standard on their first instrument, and likewise, have demonstrated good potential on a second. Music candidates are strongly encouraged to book a pre-audition with the Director of Music before entering for a music scholarship.
Candidates for the Music Scholarship may not enter for the Art or Sports Scholarships.
Entrance forms must reach the School by 14 October 2017.
Junior Music Scholarship
Assessments will take place between 29 January and 31 January 2018.
Candidates aged 12 or 13 are usually expected to have reached the equivalent of Grade 5 on their first instrument. Candidates aged 11 should have reached Grade 4. Music candidates are strongly encouraged to book a pre-audition with the Director of Music before entering for a scholarship.
Candidates will sit papers academic assessments, the majority of these may be covered by the pre-assessment.
Candidates for the Music Scholarship may also be considered for the All-rounder Award.
Entrance forms must reach the School by 1 December 2017.