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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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 !" "
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 01923 311109. To receive the full Events Guide and updates by email, please send your full contact details to email@example.com
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