Music exhibitions

Music Exhibitions and Instrumental tuition awards are offered to Belmont pupils and applicants at 11+ entry and range in value, normally not exceeding 10% of the annual fee.

It is possible for an award to be increased by the addition of a bursary, subject to the satisfactory completion of financial statement forms and acceptance by the Foundation Bursary Committee. The awards are tenable for 2 years at Belmont and continue for 5 years at Mill Hill, our senior school, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour. Any bursary addition would be reviewed annually.

The Director of Music is always happy to meet with prospective candidates and their parents, and to answer enquiries at any stage of the application process. Visiting the school during Open Days, however, is seen as an important part of the application procedure as it gives the candidates and their parents the opportunity to see the department in action, see where their audition would take place, and helps the candidate feel at ease when they come for their formal audition.

What is the required standard?

For entry at 11+ candidates will be expected to be approximately Grade 4 standard in their first study instrument and often offer a second study and/or voice (though this is not a prerequisite). We appreciate, however, that this standard can be difficult to assess if no formal examinations have taken place. The over-riding factor in whether a candidate receives an award will be whether they show exceptional promise in their instrument(s). If you are in any doubt about suitability for an award please contact the Director of Music in advance.

When do the auditions take place?

Auditions and interviews for entry in September will take place during the Spring Term of that year; successful candidates will be required to perform at a sound academic level in the school’s entrance tests and interviews.

What happens on the day of the auditions?

On the day of the auditions all candidates will perform on their chosen instruments to a panel of two Belmont music staff, be interviewed by the Director of Music and where appropriate, The Head.

Candidates will be required to perform two own choice pieces, contrasting in style, on their first study instrument / voice. If offering a second study, candidates should prepare just one piece of their own choice for performance on that instrument / voice in the audition. Please note that the school will provide a piano accompanist for the day; candidates will not be permitted to use their own.

Following the performance, candidates will be required to attempt some sight-reading and ear tests appropriate to their standard or grade, and answer general questions on the theoretical aspects of music and their musical opinions.

Belmont Music Scholars

Candidates entering for an Exhibition should be aware that if offered a music award, music will become a major part of their school life. Scholars are expected to take a full and active part in the musical life of the school, and will find themselves performing in a musical activity several days throughout the school week in addition to their private instrumental tuition.

Currently the school has an orchestra, string group, chamber group, junior choir, chamber choir, chapel choir (joint with Mill Hill), jazz band, junior wind band, bell plates, percussion group, recorder group and music theory club. The Chapel Choir has recently recorded a CD ‘Sing Joyfully’. In the past music tours have been organised to Paris, Barcelona, South Africa, York, Canterbury and Brighton. Several musicians have been to visit Handel’s museum and seen a number of West End shows including, Shrek, Wicked, Sound of Music, Joseph, Stomp, Matilda, Cats and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Further Information

If you require any further information, or are unsure about any aspect of the application process or the suitability of your child for a music award, please contact the Director of Music at gperrin@belmontschool.com or on 020 8906 7284.

Music Exhibition Application Forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office.