Prospectus - The Purcell School

 
Prospectus - The Purcell School
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Prospectus - The Purcell School
Prospectus - The Purcell School
Nurturing Talent
Making Music
Enriching Lives
CONTENTS
Welcome
A Brief Background
At Home
Music Overview
Strings
Keyboard
Brass, Percussion, Harp and Voice
Woodwind
Jazz
Composition
The Core Music Programme
Academic Music
Music Technology
Academic Study
Pastoral Care
Life After The Purcell School
Applications
Fees and Financial Assistance
How to Find Us
2019/20 Appendix
  - Principal, Governors, Patrons
  - Staff (Music and Academic)
  - Academic Results 2019
  - FAQs
  - Events

‘I am blown away by the commitment, skill and infectious energy of
the remarkable young musicians at The Purcell School.’
Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE, President Patron
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Prospectus - The Purcell School
Welcome
Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

‘Pupils will flourish in the specialised environment of The
Purcell School.’ - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patron

The Purcell School is               School’s unique contribution
Britain’s oldest specialist         to music, education and
music school. Situated on           international culture.
the outskirts of London in
Bushey, Hertfordshire, the co-      The School affords ideal
educational boarding and day        opportunities for practising,
school is home to around 180        performing and developing
musically gifted young people,      musicianship, while also
all of whom are passionate          providing a balanced academic
about fulfilling their talent.      education which helps to
                                    prepare our students for life-
We aim to provide young             long careers as musicians.
musicians of remarkable
ability and promise, from           The high quality of
all backgrounds, with the           teaching and outstanding
best possible teaching and          pastoral support is further
environment in which to fulfil      complemented by a nurturing
their potential. We deliver         environment in which
the very highest world-class        students can form stimulating
musical instruction and hold        and mutually supportive
the UNESCO Mozart Gold              relationships with similarly
Medal in recognition of the         gifted young people.

‘The School is a vibrant place
where creativity and discipline
go hand in hand, providing
specialist training for musicians
of the future, alongside an
excellent general education.’
Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE,
President Patron
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Prospectus - The Purcell School
A Brief Background
A History of The Purcell School

Rosemary Rapaport and Irene         The School has been in
Forster founded the School in       Bushey ever since and, over
1962 at Conway Hall in central      50 years later, is considered a
London under the original           national treasure. It offers an
name of the Central Tutorial        exceptional music education,
School for Young Musicians.         in a creative and nurturing
The School later moved              environment, for students
to Morley College, then to          from around the United
Hampstead, and on to a large        Kingdom and all over the
Victorian house in Harrow on        world.
the Hill.

As it continued to grow and
develop, the School changed
its name in 1973 to The Purcell
School, after the English
composer Henry Purcell, and
in 1997 relocated to the site of
the former Royal Caledonian
School campus in Bushey,
Hertfordshire.

‘The School has developed
from very modest beginnings
into a sizeable school, which
is justifiably proud of its place
in the provision of specialist
education for some of our most
talented musical children’
HRH The Prince of Wales,
Royal Patron
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At Home

Being on the edge of London,         The School’s seventeen acres
the School takes advantage of        of Hertfordshire greenery
all that the capital has to offer,   have also made significant
while also enjoying the semi-        developments to the campus
rural environment.                   possible.

The close proximity to               In 2007, for example, a new
London, as a global centre           boarding house and a state-
for music, is of enormous            of-the-art Music Centre were
benefit to the School and            opened. These additions
students. The immediacy of           create a fascinating and
the capital provides access          harmonious blend of solid
to the eminent international         Edwardian and sensitive
musicians who comprise               postmodern architecture.
the instrumental teaching            Built for specialist use, the
faculty, affords outstanding         facilities have enriched the
performance opportunities            musical lives of our students
at many of London’s principal        and teaching staff alike.
cultural venues, and stimulates
successful applications to
the country’s foremost music
colleges and conservatoires.

‘For children who possess
that desire to learn music,
to perform, and have the
commitment to practice, the
School provides an environment
where budding musicians can
thrive’
Purcell Parent
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Music Overview
A Programme of Musical Excellence

The Purcell School aims              collaboration with the
to provide a stimulating             student and instrumental
and challenging musical              teacher, will craft a bespoke
environment, at the heart of         programme of study to best
which is an individually tailored    suit the individual’s needs
programme for every student.         and afford the flexibility
                                     to enable daily practice.
We strive to ensure that the         Disciplines of Academic
balance of musical studies and       Music, including aural, theory,
the weighting of musical and         harmony, composition, music
academic work are balanced           history and analysis, support
to suit each individual boy and      and broaden students’
girl.                                instrumental studies, and
                                     are a key part of the School’s
There are six Instrumental           holistic approach to a musical
Music departments within             education.
the School, each led by
an experienced Head of               Our expert specialist teachers,
Department:                          many of whom also teach at
                                     the London conservatoires,
1. Strings                           have considerable experience
2. Keyboard                          working with motivated young
3. Brass, Percussion, Harp & Voice   musicians and will develop
4. Woodwind                          individual practice goals
5. Composition                       and strategies for students.
6. Jazz                              We also provide practice
                                     supervisors, themselves
Students musical lives are           graduate musicians, to
cared for by their Head of           support efficient and effective
Department who, in                   practice.

‘The School’s supportive family atmosphere allows pupils to
immerse themselves in their musical studies alongside other
talented young musicians, and to get closer to the heart of their
music.’
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patron
6
   Instrumental
 Music Departments
                               57
                              Instrumental
                                Teachers
                                                            3
                                                           Practice
                                                         Supervisors

‘The combination of characteristics of the School is a winning one: respect
for the individual, high educational standards, the stressing of practice
discipline, and the chance to make chamber music and orchestral performance
to the highest standards.’
Nicholas Daniel, Oboist and Alumnus
Music Overview

Regular masterclasses,             Festival, Cadogan, Wigmore
recitals, courses and              and Milton Court Halls.
collaborative projects with
celebrated visiting musicians      Our Music Centre provides
further enhance our students’      excellent facilities. A state-
instrumental studies and offer     of-the-art recording studio,
invaluable exposure to the         recital hall, computerised
wider music world.                 composition classrooms, and
                                   a suite of dedicated teaching
They benefit from an enriched      and practice rooms offer ideal
musical programme that             surroundings in which our
includes chamber music,            students learn and flourish.
orchestral playing, choirs,
jazz and piano recitals.           Each department maintains
Performance opportunities          close links with music colleges
are frequent and varied, and       and conservatoires around
can range from daily lunchtime     the country; all have excellent
concerts in School to formal       records of entry and of
recitals at London’s leading       securing scholarships.
performing venues. There
are, for example, numerous         Accolades from the music
opportunities to audition for      world are fittingly similar, and
the chance to play with the        students are regularly the
School’s orchestras and give       recipients of prestigious and
solo recitals at prestigious       fiercely competitive awards.
venues such as the Royal

‘I don’t think that I would have
developed musically as much as
I have, had I not come to this
School. The excellent tuition
and performance opportunities
make for an incredibly focused
and musical environment.’
Purcell Parent
13,875
   Instrumental
 Music Departments

     180
    Performances
     Every Year

‘Purcell is a truly
unique environment, full
of once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities, a mix of
vibrant characters from
all over the globe and a
mutual appreciation of
music.’
Purcell Student
Strings
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Guitar

Our thriving Strings             Furthermore, students can
department nurtures string       attend the School’s Chamber
players as they work towards     Music Academy which benefits
acquiring a solid technical      from the immense experience
foundation and, as well as       of members of Chilingirian,
developing their skills as       Endellion, and Elias Quartets,
soloists, become accustomed      to name but a few. String
to working as part of a group.   masterclasses take place
                                 regularly with outstanding
Chamber music and orchestral     visiting artists such as Zakhar
playing are key to the musical   Bron, Natalia Gutman and
education of our string          Craig Ogden.
players. The School runs a
Junior String Orchestra,         Over and above the usual
a Chamber Orchestra and          School orchestral and
a Symphony Orchestra             concerto opportunities,
in support of this, and all      selected string ensembles
students in Year 9 and above     will perform in our annual
are given the opportunity to     Chamber Music Concert,
play chamber music in weekly     and senior string players can
coaching sessions.               audition to perform a short
                                 recital in one of our solo
                                 instrumentalists’ concerts.

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Atar Arad | Remus Azoitei | Sandy Baillie Marius Bedeschi
Zakhar Bron | Luis Cabrera | Robert Cohen | Graham Devine
The Elias Quartet | Natalia Gutman | Alina Ibragimova
Guy Johnston | Louise Lansdown | Natalia Lomeiko
Craig Ogden | Gabriele Ragghianti | Declan Zapala
Keyboard
Piano, Organ and Harpsicord

First study pianists comprise    Notable destinations have
approximately a quarter of the   been Italy, to perform at the
School’s student body, making    Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile,
the Keyboard department a        and Scotland, to play at and
dynamic and inspiring place in   collaborate with the Royal
which to study.                  Conservatoire of Scotland
                                 as part of their International
In addition to providing         Piano Festival.
expert individual tuition, the
department runs weekly           The faculty has a strong
faculty classes to allow         international outlook,
pianists the opportunity         designed to prepare students
to come together, share          for life as professional
ideas and learn from each        musicians, which has,
other. Student progression       for example, seen Alim
is further enhanced by           Beisembayev become the
regular masterclasses given      first winner of the Van Cliburn
by internationally renowned      Junior Competition while a
pianists, and an annual piano    student at the School and
course which culminates in       triumph as an alumnus in
a concert involving all Middle   the 2017 Jaques Samuel
and Upper School pianists.       Pianos Intercollegiate Piano
                                 Competition.
There are many standout
performance occasions for        Alexander Ullman, a Purcell
pianists. Auditions are held     alumnus, won the 11th
each year to secure the          International Franz Liszt Piano
chance to perform a piano        Competition, and Martin James
recital in a prominent London    Bartlett, then a student at the
venue, and the department        School, was the winner of the
undertakes international and     2014 BBC Young Musician of
domestic performance tours       the Year.
when possible.

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Bernard d’Ascoli | Dmitri Alexeev | Vladimir Ashkenazy
Paul Badura-Skoda | Federico Colli | Philip Fowke
Martin Jones | Angela Hewitt | Vanessa Latarche
Dominique Merlet | Hamish Milne | Ronan O’Hora
Vladimir Ovchinnikov | Andras Schiff | Nina Svetlanova
Brass, Percussion, Harp and Voice
Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Timpani
and Percussion, Harp and Voice
The Brass, Percussion,             In addition to mixed chamber
Harp and Voice department          music there are several
provides exciting opportunities    family-group ensembles
for learning and performing,       which provide additional
with a world-class team of         performance opportunities,
instrumental teachers who are      and for first and second
leaders in solo, chamber and       study voice pupils there are
orchestral performance.            chamber choirs and many solo
                                   performance opportunities.
Each student’s journey is
individual, and the department     Many of our students are
offers rich and diverse            members of the National
programmes for these               Youth Orchestra (NYO) and
instruments which develop          National Children’s Orchestra
students both as solo players      (NCO), and attend Junior
and as flexible ensemble           conservatoire departments on
members – a combination of         a Saturday.
qualities that will be essential
for their future success.

Players from this department
form a vital part of the
Chamber and Symphony
Orchestras, as well as
chamber groups and the
Contemporary Ensemble.

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Henry Baldwin | Alison Balsom | Adrian Bending | Nigel Black
Phil Cobb | Oliver Cox | Mark David | Tim Evans-Jones
Byron Fulcher | Owen Gunnell | Patrick King | Arthur Lipner
Kevin Price | David Pyatt | Rex Richardson | Marisa Robles
Adrian Spillett
Woodwind
Flute, Oboe, Recorder, Bassoon, Clarinet and
Saxophone
The Woodwind department at       experience as soloists,
The Purcell School is staffed    chamber musicians and
by an outstanding team           orchestral players.
drawn from Britain’s finest
woodwind players, several of     Frequent visits and recitals
whom also are professors at      from leading musicians further
leading conservatoires and all   enhance the department’s
of whom share a clear focus      dedication to encouraging
to help prepare students for     students to challenge their
a career in and around music     own playing and explore new
performance.                     performance styles.

With chamber music at            The department holds an
the heart of the Woodwind        annual Woodwind Day, which
department, students play        is open to young woodwind
a key role in the School’s       players of Grade 6 standard
orchestras and baroque           and above. Coached
ensembles, as well as            by members of the faculty, the
regularly performing in family   workshops, ensemble playing
groupings. They also play a      and performance classes
vital role in the contemporary   provide a valuable insight for
ensembles and often              prospective students into this
collaborate with players from    enthusiastic, supportive and
other departments on new         vibrant department.
projects.

This diverse range of
performance opportunities
allows students to gain

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Sarah Burnett | Nicholas Daniel | Kate Hill | Chi-Yu Mo
Naomi Sullivan
Jazz
Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Piano,
Guitar, Drum Kit and Voice
Jazz is an established and        Jazz students will also be
flourishing department.           given the opportunity to
Renowned within and outside       play in some of London’s
the School, it comprises          most renowned Jazz venues,
an inspirational team of          including Pizza Express Dean
experienced teachers              Street and the 606 Club.
and performers who are
uniquely placed to oversee        The department is a great
the development of creative       gateway into studying jazz
musicians.                        at conservatoire level, and
                                  students from the Jazz
Ensemble provision is an          department regularly achieve
important part of the Jazz        considerable success.
programme. As well as the
School’s senior and junior        In 2016, for example,
improvisation groups,             first study jazz trumpeter
students can participate          Alexandra Ridout won the
in ad hoc ensemble-based          prestigious BBC Young
groupings and become              Musician Jazz Award, and jazz
part of The Purcell School’s      students are often sought
celebrated Big Band. The Big      after as members of the
Band gives non-jazz specialists   National Youth Jazz Orchestra
a chance to perform alongside     (NYJO) and the National Youth
first study jazz players, and     Jazz Collective (NYJC). Recent
has provided students with        graduates of the department
the opportunity to work with      include the multiple Grammy
eminent jazz players such as      Award winning jazz pianist
Steve Waterman, Troyka and        Jacob Collier, Kit Downes, Jake
Stan Sulzman.                     Labazzi and Seth Tackaberry.

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Laurence Cottle | Geoff Gascoyne | Gareth Lockrane
Gerard Presencer | Orphy Robinson | Stan Sulzman
Clark Tracey | Troyka
Composition

The Purcell School is able to     and performers in
offer exceptional opportunities   collaboration with professional
for young composers who will      organisations such as the
thrive in the stimulating and     Saatchi Gallery, UK Beijing
creative environment of the       Arts Association and the UK’s
Composition department.           music conservatoires.
First study composers receive
up to two hours of individual     Senior students are afforded
tuition in composition per        the opportunity to submit
week, alongside an agreed         an original composition for
programme of instrumental         performance in the School’s
study appropriate to their        annual Symphony Orchestra
individual needs.                 Concert.

Regular seminars, workshops,      As a core component of the
group discussions and             Academic Music curriculum,
meetings with young and           students from Years 6 to 10
celebrated composers enable       receive regular class tuition
students to learn more about      in composition. Composers
new music, the contemporary       are taught the technique of
scene and how to create           developing ideas in a coherent
opportunities for their work to   way and are exposed to a
be heard and appreciated.         variety of methods and styles.

Composition students are          Celebrated alumni of the
encouraged to submit their        Composition department
work for consideration            include Oliver Knussen, Dru
in national festivals and         Masters, Simon Bainbridge,
competitions, and to              Jacob Collier, Mica Levi and
participate in a wide range of    Alissa Firsova.
composers’ projects, concerts

Recent Masterclass Musicians
Joaquim Badia Arumi | Lloyd Coleman | Philip Dutton
Shiva Feshareki | Graham Fitkin | Karin Henricksen | Joy Hill
David Horne | Emily Howard | James Hoyle | Haris Kittos
William Mival | Music Off Canvas | Roxanna Panufnik
Polo Piatti | Matt Rogers | Robert Saxton | Lucie Treacher
Judith Weir | Dr Cheng Yu
The Core Music Programme
An Education with Music at its Heart

In addition to instrumental       Similarly, we aim to provide
teaching, The Purcell School      them with all the tools
provides a general musical        necessary for success in the
literacy coupled with the         highly volatile and competitive
practical experience of the       world of music.
great musical masterworks
appropriate to each student’s     We ensure that they are able
specialist study.                 to promote themselves in
                                  the wider world and online,
Analysis, aural training, music   that they possess a sound
theory and history of music       understanding and experience
are integral parts of the         of organising musical events,
School’s curriculum, and it is    and have a comprehensive
through the teaching of these     awareness of the range of
subjects and skills that our      roles available to them.
students are able to develop
a broad and rich musical
awareness.

‘To be surrounded by so many
people who share the same
interest as you is a wonderful
feeling, and it has helped my
playing and musicality to
improve massively.’
Purcell Student
Academic Music

The goal of the Academic          local schools. In addition, they
Music department is to            undertake an introductory
assist students in becoming       course in Music Technology.
informed, imaginative and
enquiring musicians. It aims      In the Sixth Form, students
to provide a wide range of        work towards the Cambridge
musical skills and to enable      Pre-U qualifications in Music
students to use these skills      and have lessons in analysis,
creatively.                       music history, harmony,
                                  composition and aural. They
In addition to aural and          are coached in preparation
composition classes, all          for Music College entry tests,
Year 6 to 9 students study        and Upper Sixth students who
a series of set works which       intend to go to university are
form the basis of creative and    given a series of lessons
analytical projects designed to   to prepare them for entrance
expand their general musical      examinations and interviews.
knowledge and inform their        Each year a number of
practical instrumental studies.   student go on to read Music
Students are entered for          at university, including Oxford,
IGCSE at the end of Year 10. In   Cambridge, Durham and King’s
Year 11 students undertake an     College, London.
intense harmony course and
an in-depth study of larger       The School was awarded the
scale works. They also work       ISM Gold Certificate in Music
on various creative projects,     for GCSE attainment, and
including training in workshop    were confirmed as ranking top
leadership, culminating           in the UK’s Academic Music
in outreach performances in       results.

‘Purcell enables me to be
immersed in a musically rich
environment alongside like-
minded people who
share a mutual passion.
Purcell Student
Music Technology

The Music Technology               Special courses involving the
department generates and           use of technology are taught
fosters creativity in students     lower down the School, and all
using the latest recording and     students have access to the
computer technology.With six       computer rooms throughout
AV links allowing the recording    the day for their individual
of our best pianos direct to       work.
the studios and all concerts
in the School being captured       Composition for film is a
direct to the two automated        growing feature of the
recording systems, music           department’s work.
technology touches on many         Performances of new music
areas of music making.             for silent film, composed and
                                   conducted by students, are a
The course covers all aspects      regular feature in the concerts
of creative studio work            diary. It is the School’s two
including stereo ambient           annual Sound Image
recording, multi-track             Movement concerts, however,
recording, electro-acoustic        which enable students to use
music, arranging, studio           technology most creatively
engineering, producing and         and across multiple genres.
composing for film. Students       These concerts, and the
have access to cutting edge        facilities of the department,
technology and are equipped        were the main outlet for
with essential knowledge for       the work of several notable
future work in the studio-         alumni, including Jacob Collier
music environment. The             and Mica Levi, as well as many
subject is taught at AS and A      other students who have
Level following the Edexcel        gone on to study on electronic
syllabus and students are          music courses. Many alumni
encouraged to work well            are working as producers,
beyond the briefs and limits       film composers, and sound
set by the board.                  engineers in the industry.

‘Purcell is a truly unique environment, full of once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities, a mix of vibrant characters from all over the globe
and a mutual appreciation of music.’
Purcell Student
Academic Study
An Inspiring Academic Programme

The Purcell School believes        Although most of our students
that world-class musicianship      are aiming for a career in
is best nurtured when              music and will progress to a
young performers and               conservatoire or university to
composers are possessed of         read music, this path is never
a broad cultural awareness,        taken for granted.
cultivated by an excellent
general education. Students        The key to the success of
are encouraged to regard           our curriculum is balance.
their academic studies as          Depending on a student’s
an essential complement to         age and instrumental
their performing skills: the       commitments, between 25%
curriculum aims to nurture         and 50% of curricular time is
a rich cultural hinterland for     spent on musical activities.
each young person, such that
their musicality is deepened as
a result.

Running alongside the music
programme, our academic
curriculum allows students to
fulfil their musical potential
without limiting their choices.

‘At The Purcell School a
career in music is not taken for
granted and a broad range of
academic subjects is included
... without diminishing the
musical priority’
Sir Thomas Armstrong,
Founding Patron
1:4
                                                         Teacher to
                                                        Student Ratio
Year 6
Year 6 teaching focusses on                 and Science (Biology, Chemistry
the development of good social              and Physics, with most students
and moral attitudes, on the                 gaining a Double Award).
enjoyment of learning and on                Optional subjects include
the acquisition of skills and               English Literature, French,
knowledge. The dedicated                    German, Additional Science,
Year 6 class teacher covers                 History, Art and Drama. All
English, Mathematics, Science,              students have one session each
Humanities and PSHE (Personal,              week of Physical Education.
Social, Health and Economic                 Examination boards vary from
Education). Musical activities,             subject to subject, and are
Art and PE (Physical Education)             chosen according to which
are taught by specialist staff.             specification suits our students
There is one supervised practice            best.
session during each School day.
                                            Sixth Form
Years 7 and 8                               To enter the Sixth Form,
Students have lessons in Music,             students are expected to have
English, Mathematics, Science,              five or more GCSE or IGCSE
French, History, Art, Drama,                passes at grade C or above,
Games and PSHE. For overseas                or the equivalent for overseas
students EAL (English as an                 students. Some subjects require
Additional Language) lessons                a minimum GCSE gradeto
may be substituted for, perhaps,            continue the subject in the Sixth
a foreign language, Art or                  Form, as outlined in the Sixth
History. Practice sessions during           Form Options booklet. Sixth
the school day are supervised.              Formers are advised to take
                                            three subjects – Pre-U Music
                                            and two A Level subjects – over
Year 9                                      the course of Lower Sixth and
In Year 9, students follow a full           Upper Sixth. Very exceptionally,
range of academic courses                   a student may take four
while musical commitments                   subjects but only after
continue to increase. German                discussion with the Deputy
is added for all as a second                Head or Head of Sixth Form.
foreign language.                           For overseas students EAL can
                                            replace one A Level option.
Years 10 and 11                             In addition to the compulsory
Students are advised to take                Cambridge Pre-U Music, A
seven or a maximum of eight                 Level subjects on offer are:
GCSE or IGCSE subjects. All                 Art, Biology, Chemistry, English
students take IGCSE Music at                Literature, French, German,
the end of Year 10. Other GCSEs             History, Mathematics, Music
and IGCSEs are taken at the                 Technology, Physics, Theatre
end of Year 11. All students take           Studies, and Pre-U Philosophy
Mathematics, English Language               and Theology.

Please note that the curriculum and its delivery are under constant review and may
change from year to year. For recent exam results, please see the supporting cards at
the rear of the prospectus.
79% 4Students are
        Boarders
                                      Boarding
                                       Houses
                                                                   15
                                                                  Boarding and
                                                                  Pastoral Staff

          1
          Onsite
          Nurse
                                         1
                                     Onesite
                                  Physiotherapist
                                                                       1
                                                               Online Counsellor
                                                                    (Weekly)

‘All the facilities are on site all the time ... at home I had to practise
in my kitchen!’ - Purcell Student
‘We’ve all got the same interests – we’re interested in music – so instantly
everyone has something in common.’ - Purcell Student
‘Providing exactly the right environment for its brilliant young students to flourish
amongst like-minded individuals.’ - Good School’s Guide, 2018
Pastoral Care
A Home from Home

The Purcell School is an           of musical and co-curricular
informal and welcoming             activities, and to build lifelong
place, with a strong sense of      friendships. Boarding also
community and determination        prepares students
to provide students with the       for the independence they will
best possible environment for      have in Further Education.
both work and home life.           The boarding houses are
The School offers flexible         run by a dedicated team of
solutions to meet the needs        warm and caring boarding
of different families in terms     and pastoral staff, who are
of full or weekly boarding,        responsible for each student’s
and, whether attending as a        welfare and wellbeing.
boarding or day student, all       Weekend activities, evening
students are assigned to one       events and social gatherings
of the School’s four boarding      are regularly organised, and
houses for pastoral support        students are able
and to provide a social base.      to travel into London to attend
                                   the junior departments of
Boarders                           the capital’s music colleges
With approximately 79% of          and conservatoires or enjoy
students boarding, the School      concerts and events. All
feels like a home from home,       boarding first study Sixth Form
and the boarders lead very full    pianists have the use of an
lives. As travel time is reduced   upright piano in their study
there is more time to practise,    bedrooms.
to ensure academic work is
completed to a high standard,      Day Students
to be involved in a breadth        Day students at The Purcell
                                   School are able to take full
                                   advantage of the boarding
‘My daughter has blossomed in      school day and reap the
an environment that has            many benefits from all that
nurtured her, both musically       is on offer. As they progress
                                   through the School, they will
and personally. It has been        often stay late in the evening
amazing to watch her develop       to participate in events.
... to say she is happy at
school is an understatement.’
Purcell Parent
Life After The Purcell School

Having received an               We are very proud of our
outstanding musical and          former students, many of
strong academic education,       whom have enjoyed national
most students go on to be        and international success.
successful in their chosen       They can be found in the
fields. We take great care       major orchestras of the UK
in nurturing and offering        and across the world, as well
guidance to ensure our           as in leading ensembles.
leavers make informed            Recent notable alumni include
choices about their futures      BBC Young Musician of the
and find the right place to      Year 2014 pianist Martin
continue their studies. In the   James Bartlett, Royal Harpist
main they graduate to study      Anne Denholm, twice Grammy
music at one of the              Award winning Jazz pianist
top London music colleges,       Jacob Collier and Oscar
often having been offered        and BAFTA nominated film
scholarships.                    composer Mica Levi, to name
                                 but a few!
Destinations of leavers
also include the UK’s top
universities, including Oxford
and Cambridge. These routes
are usually taken to study
Music, but each year a handful
will follow other interests
such as Physics, Aeronautical
Engineering and History.

Alumni Include
Martin James Bartlett | Alim Beisembayev | Julian Bliss
Daisy Chute | Robert Cohen | Jacob Collier | Nicholas Daniel
Anne Denholm | Julius Drake | Catrin Finch | Teo Gheorgiu
Janice Graham | Kerem Hasan | Oliver Knussen | Min-Jin Kym
Jack Liebeck | Mica Levi | Lara Melda | Joseph Phibbs
Alexandra Ridout | Karim Said | Joo Yeon Sir | Yevgeny Sudbin
Alexander Ullman
Applications

The Purcell School welcomes         Postal Applications
applications from all talented      The application form must be
young musicians between the         returned to the Registrar with
ages of 10 and 18.                  a £35 application fee and a
                                    written recommendation from
We consider musical ability         the applicant’s instrumental
and promise to be more              teacher(s). We ask that
significant than grade              any overseas candidates
attainment, and are looking         include evidence of a recent
for evidence of musical skill,      performance, be this in the
desire, commitment and              form of a DVD, YouTube link or
potential. However, pupils do       similar.
require five or more GCSE or
IGCSE passes at grade C or          Please make all cheques
above, or the equivalent for        payable to ‘The Purcell School’.
overseas pupils, in order to
enter the Sixth Form.               Online Applications
                                    Applications can also be
How to Apply                        received by emailing the
To be considered for a place at     completed application form
The Purcell School, you must        to the Registrar. To submit
first apply for an audition. The    an application online, the
audition process takes part in      £35 registration fee must
two stages – the preliminary        be paid through the website
and main auditions.                 and the applicant’s written
                                    recommendation attached. We
Application Form                    require overseas applicants
All candidates must complete        to provide YouTube footage
the School’s application            or Sound Cloud recordings
form. This can be found in          of a recent performance for
the prospectus and on our           consideration.
website as a downloadable
PDF. Applications can be
received by post or email.

Please direct any queries about the application process to the
School Registrar, on admissions@purcell-school.org
Preliminary Audition                Offer
The preliminary audition is         Following a successful
similar to the main audition        audition, the candidate will
except that the candidate will      either be offered a place
play to the appropriate Head        (normally within two weeks
of Department only. This is to      of the audition) or placed on
assess the level of candidate       a waiting list and informed if
musicianship, musicality,           and when a place becomes
technique, and potential. It is a   available.
less pressurised environment
than a main audition and            Important Dates
often helps to settle nerves.       Applications are considered as
                                    they come in, and there are many
Main Audition                       advantages in applying early
For a main audition,                in the process. Candidates are
                                    assessed in relation to their age
candidates will be asked to         and potential at time of audition,
prepare and play two pieces         so there is no advantage in
on their first instrument and       waiting to audition later in the
one piece on their second           year.
instrument (if relevant). The
pieces are of the applicant’s       Application deadline 28th
own choice. Sight-reading           February 2020: applications
and aural tests will be set.        received by 28th February 2020
Candidates will be interviewed      will be guaranteed an audition,
                                    provided that criteria for
by an audition panel, which         shortlisting are met.
will include the relevant Head
of Department, and will sit         Later applications may be
a Theory of Music paper.            considered, but remaining
The Head of EAL will assess         audition spaces will be
candidates for whom English         very limited and cannot be
is not their first language.        guaranteed. Late applications
                                    will only be considered in very
Following the main audition,        exceptional circumstances.
candidates and their parents
will be given a tour of the
School, which for boarders will
include a visit to a boarding
house, and will meet with the
Head and Bursar.

An audition fee of £50,
payable to ‘The Purcell School’
by cheque or online, must
be made and received by
the relevant audition date to
guarantee an audition.
Fees and Financial Assistance

The Purcell School is              funding from the Department
committed to providing the         for Education is therefore
best education available to        essential. For example, in
talented musicians, regardless     2016/17, 63% of students
of financial means. We are         received support from the
able to do this with the           Government’s Music and
support of the Government          Dance Scheme and, as a direct
and a selection of trusts and      result, 49 students paid less
private sponsors.                  than £1,000 per year in fees.
The fees for the academic year     To be eligible for a place on
2018/19 are:                       the Music and Dance Scheme,
                                   students must have been
           Annual        Termly
                                   resident in the UK for at least
                                   two years.
Boarding   £34,152       £11,384
                                   Bursaries are available for
Day        £26,748       £8,916
                                   those students who meet the
                                   eligibility criteria under the
                                   Department for Education
                                   Music and Dance Scheme.
Fees are payable in advance        The scheme is means- tested,
at the beginning of each term.     and the following table gives
The School fee covers the full     an indication of approximately
cost of tuition, including up to   how much parents will be
three hours of instrumental        asked to pay.
tuition each week. Boarding
fees include accommodation,        Please be aware that special
all meals and laundry costs.       rules apply to European Union
                                   students over the age of 16
                                   and UK citizens living abroad.
The Music & Dance Scheme
                                   Additional information can be
The School’s key priority is       found at www.gov.uk/music-
to ensure that every young         dance-scheme.
musician can attend The
Purcell School based on their
musical ability and not their
ability to pay. Means-tested
Gross Family        Annual Contribution to be made by Parent
  Income/Annum                     Day              Boarding
     £190,000                 £24,093               £32,184
     £185,000                 £23,343               £31,185
      £80,000                 £7,593                £10,191
      £50,000                 £3,378                 £4,662
      £30,000                 £1,350                 £1,683
      £10,000                   £0                     £0

School Bursaries
Students who are not eligible        Bursary staff are always
for the MDS Scheme may               available at Open Mornings to
apply for assistance from the        give additional information or
School’s Bursary fund. Funding       advice.
is based on need and parents
are required to declare their        Enquiries should be directed
financial circumstances for          to the Bursar (01923 331127)
consideration by the School’s        or Finance Office (01923
Bursary Committee.                   331106).

Parents of prospective
students are welcome to
discuss their individual
circumstances with the
Bursar, either when visiting
the School for auditions or
over the telephone, so that a
broad indication of their likely
contribution to fees can be
provided.
How to Find Us

The Purcell School is situated   The Purcell School
on the outskirts of London       Aldenham Road
in the town of Bushey,           Bushey
Hertfordshire.                   Hertfordshire
                                 WD23 2TS
We are a 30-minute walk or a
five-minute drive from Bushey    Tel: 01923 331100
railway station, which has a     Fax: 01923 331166
fast (19-minute) connection to
the capital. The M1 and M25      info@purcell-school.org
are minutes from the School,     www.purcell-school.org
giving easy access to the rest
of the UK. Heathrow and                @PurcellSchool
Luton airports are 30 minutes
away by car, while Gatwick             @the_purcell_school
and Stansted are closer to an
hour’s journey.                        The Purcell School

There is ample car parking on          @PurcellSchool
site.
To receive the Events Guide and updates by email, please send
your full contact details to publicity@purcell-school.org
2019/20 Appendix
Principal
Paul Bambrough

‘The Purcell School is a lively, vibrant and energetic community of
young musicians who are united by a common passion for music and
driven by a collective ambition to become the finest version of themselves
possible. One has only to spend a short time at the school to fall in love
with its unique atmosphere and to be inspired by the commitment and
dedication of our astonishing young artists. Each day is viewed as an
opportunity to explore new ideas, to achieve something extraordinary
and to make progress towards a personal goal; and when a student
achieves something special, we all celebrate with them!’
Paul Bambrough was previously         of the largest A Level Music
the Vice-Principal at the Royal       Department in the country
Birmingham Conservatoire              comprising some 500 students
where he had responsibility           actively engaged on courses
for all aspects of the day-to-        and enrichment activities.
day running of the institution,       Paul has also worked as an
the artistic programme,               inspector in Post- 16 music
curriculum and collaborative          institutions, and has been
partnerships. He is a devoted         sought as a consultant in many
teacher and also taught within        colleges around the country. He
the Department of Vocal and           believes in the transformational
Operatic Studies as well as           power of music and seeks to
contributing to undergraduate         communicate the great joy of
programmes in Pedagogy, the           music to all those with whom he
postgraduate Lecture Recital          works.
module, and the Orchestral
Conducting course.                    As a tenor, Paul has performed
                                      at most of the UK’s foremost
Described by a former Secretary       concert halls and cathedrals. He
of State for Education as ‘one        is a harpsichordist, organist and
of the most inspiring teachers’,      pianist and has had the good
Paul Bambrough has gained a           fortune to work as a Repetiteur
national reputation for his work      with some of the world’s finest
in state music education. Whilst      singers. Away from music
Director of Music at the Sixth        he enjoys the countryside,
Form College Farnborough,             architecture and maintains a
his passionate dedication to          (largely) enthusiastic fitness
excellence led to the creation        routine.
The School Patrons and Governors
Royal Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales

PATRONS

President: Sir Simon Rattle OM, CBE
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Sir Andrew Davis CBE
Mrs Donatella Flick
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa DBE Evgeny Kissin
Dame Fanny Waterman DBE

GOVERNORS

Chairman: Sir Roger Jackling CBE
Chairman of Finance & General Purposes Committee: Charles Beer
Chairman of the Music and Education Committee: James Fowler

Professor Timothy Blinko B Mus Hons, M Mus, Dip
Jonathan Eley MA
Janice Graham ARCM, AGSM, ACT
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, MA, PhD, DMus, FRCM, FRNCM, FLCM
William McDonnell BA
Dr Rebecca Mooney DPhil, Mst, MA
Ian Odgers MA
Mark Racz BA, MFA Hon, FBC Hon
Joanna Van Heyningen OBE MA, DipArch
Kirsty Von Malaisé MA

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Principal: Paul Bambrough
Director of Music: Paul Hoskins
Deputy Principal: Christine Rayfield
Bursar: Adam Wroblewski
Head of Pastoral and Safeguarding: Elizabeth Searle
Head of Boarding: Jane Malan
Head of Sixth Form: Ziggy Szafranski

(Listed as at October 2019)
Music Staff
Director of Music: Paul Hoskins

HEADS OF MUSIC DEPARTMENTS
Head of Strings: Charles Sewart
Head of Keyboard: William Fong
Head of Woodwind: Joy Farrall
Head of Jazz: Simon Allen
Head of Composition: Alison Cox
Head of Academic Music: Mary-Kate Gill
Head of Music Technology: Aidan Goetzee
STRINGS                                   BRASS, PERCUSSION, HARP &
Charles Sewart (HoD, Violin / Viola)      VOICE
Richard Jenkinson (Assistant HoD)         Daphne Boden (Harp)
Pál Banda (Cello)                         Tony Cross (Trumpet)
Aiste Dvarionaite Berzanskiene (Violin)   Daniella Ganeva (Percussion)
Alexander Boyarsky (Cello)                Tom Marandola (Voice)
Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola)                Charlotte Seale (Harp)
Tony Cross (Alexander Technique)          Jill Washington (Voice)
Tony Cucchiara (Violin)                   Stephen Wick (Tuba)
Ben J Davies (Cello)
Alda Dizdari (Violin)                     WOODWIND
Cathy Elliott (Double Bass)               Joy Farrall (HoD, Clarinet)
Tanja Goldberg (Violin)                   Amy Green (Saxophone)
Sadagat Mamedova-Rashidova (Violin)       Graham Hobbs (Bassoon)
Francesco Mariani (Guitar)                Barbara Law (Recorder)
Jean Mercer (Alexander Technique)         Anna Pope (Flute)
Julian-David Metzger (Cello)              Melanie Ragge (Oboe)
Nathaniel Vallois (Violin)                Stephen Williams (Clarinet)

KEYBOARD                                  JAZZ
William Fong (HoD, Piano)                 Simon Allen (HoD, Jazz Saxophone)
Lidia Amorelli (Piano)                    Sebastiaan de Krom (Jazz Drums)
Justas Dvarionas (Piano)                  David Gordon (Jazz Piano)
David Gordon (Harpsichord &               Jacqueline Hicks (Jazz Voice)
Improvisation)                            George Hogg (Jazz Trumpet)
Caterina Grewe (Piano)                    Christopher Montague (Jazz Guitar)
Gareth Hunt (Piano)                       John Turvills (Jazz Piano)
Jianing Kong (Piano)                      Steve Waterman (Jazz Trumpet)
Alla Kravchenko (Piano)
Ching-Ching Lim (Piano)                   COMPOSITION
Tessa Nicholson (Piano)                   Alison Cox (HoD)
Danielle Salamon (Piano)                  Philip Dutton (Compositions Assistant)
Tatiana Sarkissova (Piano)                Jacques Cohen (Composition)
Deborah Shah (Piano/Accompanist)          Joseph Phibbs (Composition)
Daniel Swain (Accompanist)                Simon Speare (Composition)
Patsy Toh (Piano)
Nafis Umerkulova (Piano)
Academic Staff

Kristian Angelov               Robert Matthews
(Philosophy & Theology)        (German)

Adriana Blond                  Stevie Mitchell
(English)                      (Mathematics, Boarding Tutor)

Rachel Branch                  Darrell Pigott
(PSHE)                         (Head of History)

Margaret Brookes               Christine Rayfield
(Chemistry, Head of Science)   (Academic Music)

Alison Cox                     Nadine Sender
(Academic Music)               (Head of Art)

Jacob Downes                   Jyoti Shah
(Aural Teacher)                (Mathematics)

Svetlana Emelianova            Adam Simmonds
(Science)                      (English)

Panos Fellas                   Alexandra Stone
(Science, Physics)             (Head of Mathematics)

Aidan Goetzee                  Martina Swift
(Head of Music Technology)     (EAL)

Deborah Harris                 Ziggi Szafranski
(Juniors)                      (Drama)

Jocelyne Hazan                 Irina Walters
(French)                       (Aural Teacher, Academic Music)

Kinga Kozak                    Dorothy Withers
(EAL)                          (Biology)

Andrew Leverton                Sally-Ann Whitty
(Head of English)              (Head of Learning Support)

Edward Longstaff               Elizabeth Willan
(Academic Music)               (Head of Modern Languages, Head of
                               French)
Jane Malan
(History, English)             Andrew Williams
                               (Academic Music)
Academic Results 2019

Year 13 A LEVEL & pre-U 2019

    Pre-U                    D1             D2      D3         M1             M2         M3            P1               P2        P3
                            (a*+)          (a*)     (a)       (a/b)           (b)        (c)          (c/d)             (d)       (e)
    Music (44 entries)          1          12       18         7              3          2             1
    Philosophy &                                     1                                                                            3
    Theology (7
    entries)

    A level subjects                    entries          A*           A              B            C                 D             E
    Music Technology                        18                        2              4            5                 4             2
    Art (Fine Art; Photography)              6                        1              2                              3
    Biology                                  1                                                                      1
    Drama                                   3                                        1            1                 1
    English Literature                       7            2           2                           3
    French                                   7            1           1              1            2                 2
    German                                   6                        3              1            1                 1
    History                                 7                         3              1            2                 1
    Japanese                                 1                        1
    Mathematics                             10                        3              2            1                 2
    Physics                                  3                        1              2

    A Level statistics              2019          2018        2017             2016            2015               2014        2013
    including
    pre-U equivalents in 2018
    Percentage A* + A               49%           50%         29%              26%             42%                31%         39%
    Percentage A* - B               63%           71%         60%              59%             72%                55%         70%
    Percentage A* - E               95%           100%        99%              98%             100%               96%         99%

Year 12 AS LEVEL 2019

    Subject                           entries        A                    B              C                    D               E
    Music Technology                        13       1                    5              2                    2               3
    Biology                                  3       1                    1                                   1
    Physics                                  4       1                                   1                    2

Year 12 IGCSE LEVEL 2019

    Subject                           entries        A                    B              C                    D               E
    English as a second language              2                                                               1               1

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YEAR 11 students’ GCSE & IGCSE RESULTS 2019

 number grades                     entries          9(*)        8(*/a)          7(a)          6(b)      5(b/c)       4(c)      3(d)   2(e)
 letter grades                     entries          A*                           A                B                       C     D      E

 Music*†                               25           19                           4                2
 English (1st Language)†               24            5                           8                8                       1      1
 English Literature†                   16            4                           4                5                       2            1
 English (2nd Lang.)* †                 2                                                         1                       1
 Drama                                 10                                        1                1             3         3      2
 French                                11            2               6           3
 German                                 5            1               1           1                2
 Japanese*                              1            1
 Art                                   11            1               2           2                5                       1
 History                               10            4                           3                1             1         1
 Science (Combined)†                    9                                        1                5                       1            1
 Science (double
                                       13            3                           2                6                       1      1
 award)†
 Biology†                               2            1
 Chemistry†                             1            1
 Physics†                               1            1
 Mathematics                           24            1               1           2                5             5         8      2
* Taken in Year 10 (2018)    † IGCSE

 GCSE / IGCSE stats.                                   2019              2018          2017           2016          2015      2014    2013
 Percentage A* - A / 9 - 7                             52%               62%           47%            56%           61%       61%     65%
 Percentage A* - B / 9 - 5                             82%               87%           73%            80%           83%       87%     83%
 Percentage A* - C / 9 - 4                             93%               98%           88%            92%           96%       94%     95%

YEAR 10 & YEAR 9 students’ GCSE & IGCSE RESULTS 2019

 number grades                               entries          9(*)          8(*/a)        7(a)          6(b)        5(b/c)    4(c)     3(d)
 letter grades                               entries          A*                              A             B                   C       D
 Music†                                        25             18                              7
 English (Second Language)†                     1                                                           1
 Spanish                                        2              1                                                                        1
 Italian                                        1              1

† IGCSE

Destination of Leavers 2019
9 Royal Academy of Music                                                       2 King’s College London
4 Guildhall School of Music &                                                  1 Oxford University
   Drama                                                                       1 Princeton University
3" Royal College of Music                                                   !"
                                                                               1 Australian Conservatoire
3 Trinity Laban Conservatoire                                                  1 Royal Conservatoire, Scotland
3 Royal Birmingham
   Conservatoire
FAQs                                  and the applicant’s written
                                      recommendation attached. We
                                      require overseas applicants
                                      to provide YouTube footage
                                      or Sound Cloud recordings
                                      of a recent performance for
When is the next Open Morning?        consideration.
Our Open Mornings this year will
be Sunday 6th October 2019 and        Auditions are held at the School
Saturday 1st February 2020            most Thursdays, and are generally
                                      allocated on a first come first
What are the School fees?             served basis.
The School fees for the academic
year 2019/20 are £26,748 (day)        To whom should we send our
and £34,152 (boarding). However,      child’s application and direct
all students accepted into the        queries to?
School are means-tested so            All applications are to be sent to
parents pay a contribution to         the Registrar, Ms Karen Eldridge.
their fees according to their         Her contact details are as follows:
financial circumstances.
                                      Ms Karen Eldridge, School
How do I go about applying for a      Registrar, The Purcell School,
place at the School?                  Aldenham Road, Bushey,
To be considered for a place at       Hertfordshire, WD23 2TS
the School, you must first apply      k.eldridge@purcell-school.org
for an audition by completing the
School’s application form. This can   When is your closing date for
be found in the prospectus and        applications?
on our website as a downloadable      Applications are considered as
PDF. Applications can be received     they come in, and there are many
by post or email.                     advantages in applying early
                                      in the process. Candidates are
Postal Applications: The              assessed in relation to their age
application form must be              and potential at time of audition,
returned to the School Registrar      so there is no advantage in
with a £35 application fee and a      waiting to audition later in the
written recommendation from           year.
the applicant’s instrumental
teacher(s). We ask that any           Application deadline 28th
overseas candidates include           February 2020: applications
evidence of a recent performance      received by 28th February 2020
(DVD, YouTube link etc). Please       will be guaranteed an audition,
make all cheques payable to ‘The      provided that criteria for
Purcell School’.                      shortlisting are met.
Online Applications: Applications     Later applications may be
can also be received by emailing      considered, but remaining
the completed application             audition spaces will be
form to the Registrar. To             very limited and cannot be
submit an application online,         guaranteed. Late applications
the £35 registration fee must         will only be considered in very
be paid through the website           exceptional circumstances.
Can I come and have a look             When is your intake?
around the School?                     Usually in September, but other
Tours of the School are given          arrangements can sometimes be
as part of the audition process.       made.
However, if you would like to
come for an informal visit prior       Do you have any day students?
to application and are unable          Yes. (Roughly 25% of all students)
to make either of our Open
Mornings, please get in touch with     Do you have weekly boarders?
the PA to the Principal, Mrs Shirley   Yes. Students can go home most
Clark, on s.clark@purcell-school.      weekends, unless there are
org and we will arrange a time for     rehearsals and/or concerts.
you to visit us.
                                       How many students do you
What standard of playing are           have?
you looking for?                       Around 180 students, (45% are
We do not have formal entry            boys and 55% are girls).
criteria – every student is
different, and all students make       How much instrumental tuition
progress at different stages.          do students receive?
                                       2-3 hours a week instrumental
As a rough guide, with very few        tuition.
exceptions, students joining
our school will be playing at          Can my child learn with a
approximately the following            teacher outside of School?
minimum standard:                      Please see our Policy on External
                                       Music Lessons on our website.
(Keyboard) Age 9-11: grade 6-8+
(Keyboard) Age 12-15: grade 8+         Do you accept students that play
                                       only one instrument?
(Strings) Age 9-11: Grade 5-7+         Although most students play two
(Strings) Age 12-15: Grade 7+          or more (including composition),
                                       around one in ten students play
Wind, brass, harp, viola, double       one instrument only.
bass and percussion players often
begin their instruments at an          How much time do students
older age, and may be offered a        have to practice?
place on potential if they have a      3-6 hours/day, based on their age.
less advanced playing level.
                                       Do you have a Jazz department?
At Sixth Form we are looking for       Yes. We have a strong and well
students ready to apply for top        established Jazz department with
conservatoires and universities at     first study jazz students playing
the start of year 13.                  instruments ranging from jazz
                                       piano to jazz bass.
From what age do you accept
students?                              Do you accept students with
We accept students from Year           special educational needs?
6 (age 10) through to the Sixth        Yes, as long as they are able
Form (age 16+). New students           to cope with our demanding
can enter the school in all years      programme and the constraints
except Year 11 and Year 13.            of the layout of our buildings.
Open Mornings 2019/20

Sunday 6th October 2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday 1st February 2020, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Twice a year The Purcell         To book a place on one of
School opens its doors to        our open mornings, please
prospective students and         register your interest at www.
parents, welcoming them to       purcell-school.org/open-
meet staff and students, take    mornings.
in the campus and facilities,
and enjoy the outstanding        If you have any questions,
music-making that                contact the School’s Registrar,
characterises the School.        Ms Karen Eldridge, on
                                 k.eldridge@purcell-school.org.
Visitors are able to meet with
the Principal, the Director of   Please be aware that all
Music and the Heads of the       places are means-tested,
Music Departments. They          and that Scholarships of up
will be taken on a tour of the   to 100% are available under
School, guided by current        the Government’s Music and
students, visit our recording    Dance Scheme.
studios and see the Music
Technology Department in
action. There will also be an
opportunity to ask questions
on all aspects of School life,
academic and pastoral, as well
as the music programme and
entry auditions.                 ‘My daughter has blossomed in
                                 an environment that has
                                 nurtured her, both musically
                                 and personally... to say she
                                 is happy at school is an
                                 understatement.’
                                 Purcell Parent
Concerts

A great way to really experience The Purcell School is to come to one
of our concerts. We put on over 150 performances each year, and
would be delighted if you could join us at one of our forthcoming
events.

Highlights 2019 / 20
Wed 16th October 2019, 7:30pm        Sun 12th January 2020, 7:30pm
DARKNESS ILLUMINATED                 MILTON COURT EVENING
St. John’s Church, Smith Square,     RECITAL
Westminster, London SW1P 3HA         1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH

Sun 20th October 2019, 3pm           Tues 28th January 2020, 1pm
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                   CHAMBER ENSEMBLES AT ST.
Watford Colosseum,                   MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS
Rickmansworth Road, Watford          Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross,
WD17 3JN                             London WC2N 4JJ

Mon 25th November 2019,              Sun 1st March 2020, 11am, 1pm,
7:30pm                               3pm and 7:30pm
WIGMORE HALL                         CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U        INSPIRATION OF OLIVER
2BP                                  KNUSSEN
                                     The Purcell Room (11am, 1pm
Sun 8th December 2019, 6:30pm        and 3pm) and Queen Elizabeth
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT                Hall (7:30pm), Southbank Centre,
St James’ Church, High Street,       Belvedere Road, Lambeth,
Bushey WD23 1BD                      London SE1 8XX

For booking information, visit www.purcell-school.org/concert-diary or
contact the Concerts Department on concerts@purcell-school.org and
01923 311109.

To receive the full Events Guide and updates by email, please
send your full contact details to publicity@purcell-school.org
The Purcell School
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2TS
                    Telephone: 01923 331100
              Email: info@purcell-school.org
                     www.purcell-school.org
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