Music & Choral Scholarships

Music is an integral part of life at Mount St Mary’s College. If sport embodies much of the Mount St Mary’s spirit, then music truly is the heart and soul of our school. The department has an established reputation in the local area, with an exciting annual concert programme and significant success in local and national festivals.

There is a strong emphasis on performing, with more than one third of pupils participating in a musical ensemble or choir, and academic and practical examination results are consistently excellent. Each year we offer a small number of music and choral scholarships to exceptional candidates.

Applying for a Music Scholarship

Ideally, candidates should be able to offer two instruments, or one with singing. On their main instrument, candidates normally need to have passed grade 3 for 11+, grade 5 for 13+ and grade 7 for 16+ (or be playing at the equivalent level) by the application deadline. There is no minimum standard required for the second instrument. 

Applying for a Choral Scholarship

Unlike music scholarships, choral scholarships can be awarded purely on the basis of potential. Whilst those who have previously had singing lessons may well be at an advantage, we are keen to encourage any pupil with a passion for singing and a promising voice. There is, therefore, no requirement to have passed singing exams. The ability to play an instrument is an advantage, but not essential.

How to Apply

To apply, please contact our Director of Music Mrs Lucy Kitchener by emailing Ideally, a recommendation outlining the child's standard and musical experiences should be sent from the child's current music teacher to the Director of Music, although this is not essential. The deadline for Music and Choral scholarship applications is the last day of the Autumn term before the year of entry which will allow your child sufficient time to prepare for the auditions.

To hear some of our musical performances at Mount St Mary’s College, please visit our YouTube Channel.

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