St Peter's School

Music Awards

Music awards are available at 13+ and 16+ entry. Please note that these awards can be supplemented by means-tested fee assistance. For more information and an application form, please contact our Admissions Officer, Gillian Daniells, on 01904 527305, or by email at

The following awards are available:


Scholarship awards are available to young instrumentalists and singers who can offer a broad range of skills to the Music School. At audition, we would normally expect a level of Grade 5 on the first instrument (13+) or Grade 7 (16+), with a second instrument being offered as well. Potential is the most important aspect. Candidates for 13+ entry are advised to avoid attempting senior grades (6-8)
before they are ready to do so. The ability to play an orchestral/band instrument is essential and singing is an advantage. A good background in theory is also recommended.

Edward Long Scholarships

Albert Edward Long was a former member of staff and he generously left provision for a number of music scholarships to be awarded each year.

Dean Milner-White Scholarship

One award is available each year for a Minster chorister only. Dr Eric Milner-White was Dean of York. As Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, he started the now familiar Service of Nine Lessons and Carols which was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. He was Chairman of Governors at St Peter’s School.

Waine Awards

These awards are made to young instrumentalists or singers who show ability and potential at audition. The awards recognise how we value our young musicians and the importance we place on nurturing their talent. The award covers the cost of tuition on an instrument/voice.

About the awards

The music awards can carry a concession on fees ranging from 10-50%, depending on the standard of playing at audition.

Scholarship awards also cover tuition on up to three instruments and instrumental examination fees. Music award holders have their music lessons within the department – having the opportunity to study with one of our specialist instrumental staff. It is also expected that award holders study academic music to at least GCSE level and we find that the majority of these pupils also want to take the subject at AS and A2. All award holders are monitored closely by the Director of Music and progress is reviewed annually.