Music Scholarships & Awards

Christ College offers a range of scholarships, exhibitions and awards to recognise, encourage and reward musical talent.
Music award holders are expected to represent the very highest standards in terms of ability and commitment. They will demonstrate genuine enthusiasm for what they do and set an excellent example both within school and in the wider community. Music award holders will:

  • demonstrate a genuine passion for music making at the highest levels
  • aim to make the study and rehearsal of Music their first priority
  • show evidence of excellent results in practical examinations, auditions and public performance
  • show consistent commitment to the improvement of their own skills
  • participate in at least two major ensembles or choirs
  • perform as a soloist both in and out of school at appropriate events.
  • if first study pianists, act as accompanists for soloists and chamber ensembles
  • be encouraged to study Music at GCSE
  • attend and participate in master classes given by visiting musicians.

The audition process for Music awards is intended to discover musical aptitude, promise and a genuine passion and commitment to producing excellent results. Strong evidence of these key factors will far outweigh any previous results in examinations. However, as a rough guide, candidates in the 11+ age group should normally be at least ABRSM Grade 4 standard on their first study instrument and in the 13+ age group, ABRSM Grade 6 standard on their first study instrument. At audition, candidates will be asked to:

  • Perform two contrasting pieces on their first study instrument;
  • Perform one piece on their second study instrument;
  • Play scales and arpeggios as directed;
  • Perform an appropriate level of sight reading on their first study instrument;
  • Complete a set of aural and voice tests;
  • Discuss their motivations and intentions in relation to academic and practical aspects of the subject.

Candidates may bring their own accompanist (if applicable) or, if an accompanist is required, the piano part should be sent to the Music department at least one week before the date of the audition.


For details, please contact Admissions Registrar, Mrs Margaret Stephens, or Director of Music, Jonathan Ling, for details.