Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are offered for entry at 11+ to candidates who have achieved outstanding results in the entrance examination and the subsequent interviews. We do not hold special scholarship examinations and no separate application is necessary. The value of scholarships is up to 50% of fees and the award is valid for the duration of the student’s time at Habs.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are awarded at 11+ and occasionally at 16+ to students who show particular musical ability. Candidates must first pass the entrance examination before a music audition with the Director of Music is considered. Music scholarships can also be offered in conjunction with academic scholarships and bursaries. Parents who feel that their daughter is eligible should fill in a Music Scholarship application form.

Please note we are not accepting any further applications for Music Scholarships for entry in September 2020.

More information on Music Scholarships

The atmosphere in the Music Department at Habs is very welcoming and inclusive, with performance at all levels being encouraged and praised. Our motto is ‘Music for All’ and we encourage the highest standards in performance from every group.

Habs has excellent musical facilities in purpose-built buildings. The concert life is rich and varied with major orchestral and choral concerts, jazz concerts, lunchtime recitals, Open Mic concerts, Music Tours and Music Festivals. We have a large team of visiting music teachers with opportunities to learn a wide variety of different instruments and around 100 students enter practical music examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College each term. We run ensembles with specialist tutors to cater for every age and ability.

Singers can take part in Fourth Form Choir and Cantabile Chamber Choir and Senior Choir and St Catherine Singers cater for older, more experienced singers. Choirs sing in school concerts, the annual Carol Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and have also performed outside School, at such venues as St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, numerous Cambridge and Oxford Chapels and St Paul’s Cathedral. There are two Jazz Bands as well as a larger Wind Band and Wind Orchestra. Wind Band joins with Repertoire Strings to form a larger Concert Orchestra for our annual Summer Concert. All girls above Grade 5 standard are invited to join our Symphony Orchestra and, as they become more accomplished, can join the Chamber Orchestra, a small string orchestra where the standard of players is about Grade 7 and above.

Musical events run throughout the year, including large concerts in school, the Carol Service at St Martin’s, chamber concerts, a Music Festival and an evening of music from the world of Musical Theatre. There are also more informal opportunities to perform at lunchtime Open Mic concerts and some visiting teachers host concerts given by their own pupils on occasions. The Music and Drama departments work very closely together and there is a significant amount of musical involvement in every Upper and Middle School production, from original songs written by girls, to performances by a chamber choir and string ensemble.

Among the highlights on offer to girls involved in musical groups is the biennial Music Tour. Recent tours have visited Barcelona, Salzburg, Lake Garda and Tuscany. We also collaborate with Habs Boys’ School, whether through jazz workshops, joint Chamber Choirs and other chamber events or, from time to time, putting on a grand gala concert at central London venues such as the Barbican.

What are we looking for in a Music Scholar?

Music Scholarships are offered to candidates who show exceptional potential as musicians, displayed through advanced musical skills and innate musicianship, and whom we believe will act as ambassadors for music amongst their peer group. Music Scholars will demonstrate advanced musical skills and/or potential for further development.  In an audition this is likely to be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • accurate playing
  • stylistic playing
  • control of the instrument
  • ability to ‘perform’ in a communicative way
  • ability to encourage others in their music making

Music Scholarships, Awards and Exhibitions vary in value from a reduction in school fees and free instrumental tuition on one or two instruments to help with fees for individual instrumental lessons. In exceptional circumstances, candidates may be offered up to 50% reduction of school fees.

An additional major Music Scholarship will be awarded at the end of Lower 4 (Year Seven). This will be subject to audition and actual contribution to musical activities during their first year at the school.

Music Scholarship

As a guide, the following criteria should help you decide whether to enter your daughter for consideration for a scholarship:

  • normally two instruments should be offered
  • principal instrument – around Grade 5 standard (Grade 6/7 if piano)
  • second instrument – around Grade 3 standard
  • it is not essential that the actual grade exam has been taken, but the candidate should be playing at this level
  • contribution in school and outside musical ensembles will also be taken into consideration

Music Award

To be considered for a Music Award for a single instrument, Grade 4/5 standard should have been reached.

Music Exhibition

Occasionally candidates who play less common instruments (the ‘rare breeds’ eg. oboe, bassoon, brass instruments) at a lower standard (Grade 3) may be offered Music Exhibitions, but this is dependent upon the requirements of the department from year to year. Music Exhibitions may also be available when students arrive in Year 7 to encourage participation rates in certain instruments.

Application Procedure

Applications should be sent directly to the Registrar. After the 11+ entrance exam in January the Director of Music will select candidates, from those who have reached the required academic standard, to be invited for audition. We hear as many applicants as possible and auditions are held as part of the overall interview process, towards the end of January.

Come to Our Next Open Morning

We encourage anyone interested in joining Habs to visit during one of our School in Action mornings, which take place throughout the year.