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    Sixth Form Orchestral Music Programme

    for entry in September 2017

    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 23rd January 2017 (5.00-6.00pm)
    • Wednesday 25th January 2017 (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 10 February 2017 if you are going to be invited to perform.

    These auditions are held on either:

    • Wednesday 22nd  February 2017 (4.00-7.00pm)
    • Friday 24th  February 2017 (9.30am-4.00pm)

    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 24th April 2017, 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 6th January 2017.

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

    1. Sixth Form Orchestral Course Information for September 2017