Upper School

In Year 7 and 9 we award music scholarships.  

Perse pupils in Year 7 and Year 9 will receive an invitation to audition for a music scholarship at the end of the academic year.

This allows the music department to monitor the progress and contribution of Perse pupils over the course of Years 7 and 9, and offer awards to candidates based on the evidence of this contribution as well as their performance at an audition.

At the audition, candidates will be asked to perform at least one piece on their instrument(s), undertake short sight-reading and aural tests, and discuss their musical ambitions and interests with the Director of Music and a specialist in their first-study instrument. Accompaniment will be provided, where needed, by a member of the music department. The audition will last between 20-30 minutes.

Prospective musicians to the school are very welcome to arrange a visit to the music department by emailing A visit may include an informal audience with the Director of Music, Ben Wingfield, as well as a tour of the facilities on offer and a chance to sit in on an ensemble rehearsal.

Scholarship requirements

•  Music scholars are expected to make a lively and committed contribution to musical activities at the Upper School. Successful scholarship candidates will be expected to demonstrate themselves as hard-working, determined and collegial in their musical pursuits and will be expected to set an outstanding and inspiring example to other pupil musicians of all ages.
•  Candidates in Year 7 need to have achieved at least Grade 6 standard or equivalent on at least one instrument and candidates in Year 9 need to have reached Grade 7 standard or higher. Singing may be offered either as a main or secondary ‘instrument’, although this is not essential.
•  It is hoped that a music scholar will receive tuition on at least one of their instruments in school.

Scholarship awards are not means-tested and are one-off payments of £500. 

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