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    Sixth Form Orchestral Music Programme 2021

    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 18 January 2021 (4:30pm - 5:00pm)
    • Thursday 21 January 2021 (4:30pm - 5:00pm)


    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 12 February 2021 if you are going to be invited to perform.


    The auditions are held on either:

    • Monday 22 February 2021 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)*
    • Wednesday 24 February 2021 (3:30pm – 6:00pm)*

    *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.

    Applications for the programme and a standard Sixth Form Application should be completed and submitted by midday, Wednesday 6 January 2021.

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

    Orchestral Music Programme Application - apply here