A NUMBER OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED AT 11+ ON THE BASIS OF MERIT. GIRLS MUST PASS THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED FOLLOWING AN AUDITION BY THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.
Candidates should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 distinction or above on their first instrument. However, applications are welcome from pupils performing on the following instruments at a lower grade: double bass, oboe, bassoon, any brass instrument. To apply, parents should complete the 11+ Handel Music Scholarship Application Form and return it to the 11+ Admissions Officer with a copy of the latest music exam mark sheet(s) and a reference from the teacher of their first instrument.
Candidates who satisfy these requirements, and are called back for an interview following the Maths and English entrance exams, will be invited for a 20-minute audition where they will be required:
- To perform up to 8 minutes: either on one instrument – this could be two pieces or a longer single piece; or on two instruments, if the candidate wishes to perform on a second instrument;
- to sing an unaccompanied song (ideally a folk song or similar);
- to perform a piece of sight-reading;
- to demonstrate their musicianship in some short aural tests;
- to discuss their music-making in and out of school.
All parts of the examination are important and must be prepared by all candidates. The School will provide an official accompanist (candidates will be able to have a short rehearsal with the accompanist prior to the audition); all candidates who need an accompanist must make use of his/her services.
These practical tests are on a separate day to the Interview and will be held in January. The times of the practical tests will be notified to successful candidates after the Entrance Examination.
It will not be necessary for scholarship holders to have individual instrumental lessons at North London Collegiate School if they wish to continue with their present music teachers, but they must participate in the corporate musical life of the School.
Deadline for applications: 15 November 2021