Hampton has a longstanding tradition of musical excellence and we are looking for bright, enthusiastic candidates who will lead the School’s orchestras, ensembles, bands and choirs by example and participate fully in the musical life of the School.
We believe passionately in fostering a love of music and inspiring boys to achieve their musical goals and ambitions. Our Music Scholars not only benefit from outstanding music-making facilities but also have the opportunity to learn from a team of first-class specialist musicians who are prominent performers in their field. The experience of studying and performing alongside other equally talented and enthusiastic musicians also provides an added dimension to a richly rewarding School life.
Music Scholarships are awarded for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
Please see Mr Roland, our Director of Music, discuss our Music Scholarship programme below:
Music Scholarships for entry to Hampton at 11+ and 13+ .
Standard at 11+
Candidates are expected to offer at least two instruments (which may include voice), one of which should be at least Grade IV standard. Please note that only candidates invited for interview following the written entrance exam will be invited for a Music scholarship assessment and assessment does not guarantee the offer of a place.
Standard at 13+
Candidates are expected to offer at least two instruments (which may include voice), one of which should be at least Grade VI standard. Candidates are assessed in the January of Year 8 and will already have accepted their place at Hampton.
Standard at 16+
Candidates are expected to offer at least two instruments (which may include voice), one of which should be at least Grade VIII standard. Candidates are assessed in the January of Year 11 and will already have accepted their provisional place at Hampton (conditional upon receipt of satisfactory GCSE results in the August prior to entry).
The Assessment Process
The Pre-audition video (optional)
Candidates are invited to submit a video in support of their application demonstrating their musical ability and enthusiasm should they wish. The video should be no longer than two to three minutes in duration and show the applicant performing a piece of music of their choice which best demonstrates their current level on their MAIN instrument or voice.
Supporting references from the candidate’s Head of Music (where appropriate) and other professionals are required.
Candidates are invited for audition based on their application form, supporting references and pre-audition video (if submitted).
Candidates will be asked to play two contrasting pieces, of their choice, on their first instrument. A skilled and sympathetic accompanist will be in attendance, but candidates are welcome to bring their own accompanist if preferred. There is no written paper but the audition will include sight-reading (on the principal instrument), aural tests and questions about general music topics.
Scholarship Applications forms for 11+ and 13+ entry in September 2024 will be available in October.
|Monday 20 November 2023||Closing date for Scholarship applications & submission of pre-audition video recording
|Saturday 20 January 2024||Auditions
|Friday 9 February 2024||Results emailed
|Tuesday 5 March 2024||Scholarship acceptance deadline