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2016 choral

Highgate School has long been established as a centre for excellence in choral singing. The school has produced two of the 20th Century’s biggest names in choral music, Sir John Tavener and John Rutter CBE, as well as featuring on the original recording of Britten’s War Requiem in 1963. A number of pupils go on to achieve Oxbridge choral and organ scholarships upon leaving Highgate School each year and we are passionate about helping other young people to achieve this too.


The course is aimed at anyone aged 16-19 who is interested in finding out more about choral scholarship opportunities at university. The course will prepare you thoroughly for the application procedure and audition process. It is open to young people of all standards so don’t worry if you don’t have any previous experience of singing in a chapel setting – a love of singing is the most important thing we look for.


The course features the following:
• Information about choral scholarship opportunities from Directors of Music at top universities.
• Masterclasses with top choral conductors.
• An explanation of the audition process with the chance to see an mock audition – find out what they are really looking for!
• A mock audition with written feedback sent to participants after the course on what to improve ahead of their real audition
• Sight-singing training for beginners or a chance to take part in some consort singing for more advanced pupils.

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Please see last year’s schedule which this year will follow closely:


08.45am-09.00am Arrival to Highgate School, Southwood Lane Entrance

09.00am-9.30am Welcome talk and introduction from Emma Price, Head of Vocal Studies

9.30am-10.30am Sight-singing and Aural Coaching with Catherine Harrison, former choral scholar at Caius College, Cambridge

10.30am-11.00am Break

11.00am-12.00pm Choral Workshop with Graham Ross, Director of Music of Clare College, Cambridge

12.00am-12.30am Talk about the audition process with question and answer session

12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm-2.30pm Choral Workshop with Joe Fort, Director of Music of King’s College, London

2.30-4.00pm Mock Auditions with Daniel Smith, former organ scholar of Sidney-Sussex College, Cambridge. All other delegates to have tea and coffee with current and ex-choral scholars from various universities and to perform some a cappella music.

4.00pm End of day


“I just wanted to thank you for having Hannah at your taster day. She really enjoyed it and came back from the course on a high!”
“Thank you ever so much for this. I thoroughly enjoyed the day last week and found all aspects of it extremely useful. It was particularly good having talks on the different parts of the audition process as well as applying this in both the Choral Masterclass and the Mock Audition.”
“I just wanted to thank you for putting on the day yesterday, it was very informative and I feel my confidence in the whole choral process has increased.”

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The course will run this year on Wednesday 5 July 2017.


The course is free and lunch is included.


To register you need to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our administrator will then send you an application form and consent form which you will need to return to us in order to take part in the day.


Highgate School is conveniently located within walking distance from Highgate tube station and can be reached via the 143, 603, 43, 134, 234, 263 bus routes. Connections are easily accessible from Euston station, King’s Cross station and St Pancras station.
Highgate School
North Road, London N6 4AY