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    Sixth Form Orchestral Music Programme

    for entry in September 2018

    Please note, this programme is an enrichment and an application should be made in addition to the student’s A level course options. 

    15 places are available on the basis of musical aptitude and ability. Successful applicants for the orchestral music programme are offered a place in the school (should they meet the academic entry requirements for their chosen A level courses), regardless of the distance they live from the school.

    Students do not need to select Music A level in order to be considered for a place on this programme. However, this is an orchestral programme, so a degree of proficiency is required in one of the following instruments:

    Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp or orchestral percussion.

    Students should complete the additional ‘Orchestral Music Course Application Form’ should they wish to be considered for one of the enrichment places.

    All applicants must sit a music aptitude assessment to be held on either:

    • Monday 22nd January 2018 (5.00-6.00pm) 

    • Wednesday 24th January 2018 (5.00-6.00pm)

    The test is designed to provide an objective measure of musical aptitude and does not require any prior training, practice or knowledge of musical theory. 

    The first 50 students ranked in order of their test scores will be invited back to attend a performance audition. You will be notified by Friday 9 February 2018 if you are going to be invited to perform.

    These auditions are held on either:

    • Wednesday 21st  February 2018 (4.00-7.00pm)*

    • Friday 23rd  February 2018 (9.30am-4.00pm)*

    *You will be notified of your Audition time

    Please note: we cannot supply an accompanist for the auditions, but applicants are

    welcome to bring their own.

    Students will be asked to perform one piece on their instrument for up to five minutes. No accompanist will be provided (applicants may bring their own should they wish). 

    In addition to the 15 places offered, 10 students will be placed on the reserve list and will be offered a place should any student offered the programme decline their place by Monday 16th April 2018, or if no acceptance is received by that date.

    Applications for the programme should be received in conjunction with the standard Sixth Form Application Form, and both should reach the school by Friday 5th January 2018.

    The allocation of music programme places is regarded by the governors as final.

    Visit Application Form & Grid on the website to apply for the Orchestral Music Course