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High Performance Programme: Music

A limited number of places are offered to pupils to participate in our High Performance Programme in Music following an audition and an interview with the Director of Music.

An offer of a place on the High Performance Programme is subject to the pupil passing the Entrance Exam or being offered a place in Sixth Form AND showing exceptional promise or achieving a high level of performance on one or more instruments/voice. Typically applicants would be working towards Grade 4 (Distinction) at Year 6 or Grade 7 (Distinction) at Year 11.

Successful applicants would be expected to maintain, in the opinion of the Director of Music, a satisfactory rate of progress and to take a full and willing part in the co-curricular groups that the School offers. The School reserves the right to withdraw a place on the High Performance Programme, should the pupil not maintain reasonable progress or be unwilling to participate in co-curricular groups.

As part of the High Performance Programme the School pays private tuition fees for up to two instruments/voice. Lessons would normally be delivered in School by our own Visiting Music Teachers, but in exceptional circumstances pupils who show a genuine need to have lessons from an external teacher, will be considered. Payments to external teachers cannot exceed the rate paid to our Visiting Music Teachers. 

In addition to the funding of lessons pupils will receive an allowance for the purchase of music, regular opportunities for trips to professional concerts, visits to Royal Northern College of Music, String /Wind/Percussion workshops, regular talks/workshops on aspects of performance including topics such as managing performance anxiety, careers in music, the importance of the warm up, maintenance of instruments and stagecraft. There will also be the opportunity to go on an annual European music trip. 


Register your interest

Please contact the Admissions Team to register your interest in the HPP Sport. 

There will be an Application Form to complete, then should he/she fulfil the criteria, your child will be invited to audition during the Spring Term.

The Audition will involve performing a programme of music (own choice, accompanied or unaccompanied) lasting not more than five minutes for Year 7 and eight minutes for Lower Sixth. The programme may comprise one longer item or 2 – 3 shorter pieces. Applicants may bring their own accompanist or we can provide one. Those requiring a school accompanist must submit copies of the piano parts with the application. The music chosen should provide sufficient contrast to display both technical control and musical maturity.

Applicants will also be expected to take some basic aural tests on pitching, melodic memory and harmonic awareness. Preparation is not needed for these tests as they will be adapted to the experience of the applicant.

Finally there will be a short viva focused on the pieces played, including questions on basic theory and any other significant features. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their music making in general.

For further information please contact Mr Andrew Pettitt: Director of Music music@chschool.co.uk