Handel Music Scholarships

A number of Music Scholarships are awarded at 11+ (for 5 years) and at 16+ on the basis of merit. Girls must pass the entrance examination and a music audition conducted by the music department to qualify. 

HANDEL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP 

Students currently studying two disciplines

The NLCS Handel Music Scholarship will be an annual award equivalent to the cost of individual music lessons at NLCS in two instruments (worth £1,590 in 2021-2022). The Music Department comprises a dedicated team of Visiting Music Teachers who bring with them a wealth of teaching and performing experience across all major disciplines. However, we realise that some Music Scholars may wish to continue studying with their present music teachers, and they are very welcome to do so.

Students currently studying one discipline

We encourage our Music Scholars to study an additional discipline alongside their main instrument to further develop their musicianship. Accordingly, any Music Scholar learning just one instrument will be offered a financial award equivalent to the cost of lessons in one instrument (worth £795 in 2021-2022) alongside free lessons at school in an additional discipline (also worth £795).

The NLCS Handel Music Scholarship will also carry with it an additional £110 per instrument studied (i.e. £220 if two instruments are being studied), again awarded annually, intended to provide assistance towards the cost of sheet music and instrument maintenance across the academic year.

View a copy of our Handel Music Scholarship Leaflet

Deadlines to apply:

  • 11+ Music Scholarship Applications -  15 November 2021
  • 16+ Music Scholarship Applications - 1 October 2021
Handel Music Scholarships - 11+

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

Handel Music Scholarships - 16+

A NUMBER OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED AT 16+ ON THE BASIS OF MERIT. GIRLS MUST PASS THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED FOLLOWING AN AUDITION BY THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

Instrumentalists auditioning should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 distinction or above on their first instrument. Vocalists will need to be performing repertoire of at least Grade 7 standard, with the intention of moving towards Grade 8 by the end of Year 12. To apply, parents should complete the 16+ Music Scholarship Application form and return it to the 16+ 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 16+ entrance exams, will be invited for a 20-minute audition where they will be required:

  • To perform up to 12 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 perform a piece of sight-reading;
  • 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 will be held in November for internal and external applicants. The times of the practical tests will be notified to successful candidates after the Entrance Examination. 

Please note: Deadline for 16+ Music Scholarship Application - 1 OCTOBER 2021