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Candidates attend auditions during January.

Music Scholarships at Ampleforth are honorary and do not carry with them a remission of fees. However the award of a music scholarship will support a bursary application.

It is anticipated that candidates for awards will have achieved a minimum standard of Grade VI at 13 and Grade VIII at 16 on their principal instrument, but at both levels it is musical potential we seek rather than present ability. Reports will normally be required from the candidate's present Headteacher and other competent musical authority.

A high standard of choral music is a distinctive feature of musical life at Ampleforth. All Music Scholars with suitable voices are expected to complement their instrumental studies with membership of the Schola Cantorum and other choirs as advised by the Director of Music. Successful candidates will be allowed to specialise in music throughout their school career as appropriate. The Director of Music is always happy to see parents of prospective candidates in advance of the examinations to discuss and assess the current level of achievement.


The Examination

The examination is principally by audition and interview, and consists of the following:

  • The performance of two contrasted pieces on the first instrument.
  • The performance of one piece on the second instrument.
  • The performance of one piece for voice (optional).
  • Scales and arpeggios.
  • Sight-reading.
  • Ear tests.
  • Viva voce questions on general musical matters.


Examination Dates 2015-16

All examinations are taken at Ampleforth and all are open to boarders and day students. If candidates are required to stay overnight, accommodation will be provided for them.

Music and Sixth Form award examinations are completed in one day. However, accommodation can be provided if necessary.

The College will send all details about the examination arrangements to the candidate's school and parents.

Headteachers of schools entering candidates for the examination are asked to send in a report on their candidates before the examination. This should include a general assessment of character and comments on academic potential, reading and interests.

Scholarship award

Date of scholarship

Closing date for applications

16+ Academic

13 November 2015

31 October 2015

13+ Music

28 January 2016

08 January 2016

16+ Music

29 January 2016

08 January 2016

13+ Academic

22-24 February 2016

22 January 2016

13+ Basil Hume

24 & 25 February 2016

22 January 2016



The scholarship application fee is £50. Cheques should be made payable to St Laurence Education Trust. For other methods of payment, please contact the admissions office.