Music | Surbiton High School
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Music Scholars should demonstrate exceptional musical talent and are expected to participate fully in the musical life of the School. Music Scholars are expected to participate in two Surbiton High School ensembles in Years 7 and 8 and progress to leadership in a third ensemble in Years 9 to 11. In addition, Music Scholars are also expected to take a lead in Music Department events and competitions and participate in evening events where requested. When awarded for Year 7 entry, it is expected that candidates will study Music at GCSE.

In order to apply, candidates should have reached Grade 4 (minimum) on their principal instrument by the date of the Entrance Examination. Evidence of achieving this standard does not have to be in the form of a certificate; instrumental and singing teachers can make reference to the ability of the candidate in their reference.

If your daughter meets this criteria, the next stage is to complete an application and submit a three-minute video of your daughter performing on her principal instrument (or singing), and a written reference from her teacher for each instrument.

All videos, photos and documents should be uploaded to the Secure Transfer File, provided by the Admissions team, with the file name as your daughter’s full name and a short descriptive title (e.g. JANE SMITH, Violin Performance).

Shortlisting of Candidates

The Director of Music will review each video audition and shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition.

Audition for Shortlisted Candidates
Candidates should prepare a performance (no longer than three minutes) which contrasts their application submission. An accompanist can be provided if required. Candidates may also supply their own accompanist, and this should be arranged in advance with the Director of Music.

Candidates will be required to complete some aural skill tasks, a sight-reading task and to discuss their musical experiences, interests and ambitions in a brief interview with the panel.

Date of Audition for Year 7 2024 entry

TBC November 2023