Rhinegold New music scholarship at Eton widens access to students

Harriet Clifford

Eton announces new music scholarship to broaden participation

10:32, 16th September 2020

Eton College has announced the launch of a sixth form scholarship offering a fully funded place to a talented musician whose life opportunities have been limited. The Orwell Music Award 2021 will include boarding, all music tuition and allowances to enable the recipient to participate fully in school life. 

Applicants to the award will be assessed on academic and musical potential, as well as specific criteria, such as if the student has refugee status, if he is a Looked After Child, if he is in the first generation of his family to go to university, if he receives Pupil Premium or if he currently attends a school Ofsted has identified as ‘requiring improvement’ or in ‘special measures’. 

The successful candidate will gain access to Eton’s music department, the largest in the school, as well as facilities such as a modern concert hall, an orchestral rehearsal hall, a recording studio, a rock studio, music technology suites, teaching and practice rooms and a music library. 

Named after author and Eton alumnus George Orwell, the Orwell Music Award is one of up to twelve Orwell Award places being offered to Year 11 boys in September 2021. The programme aims to give students a transformative educational experience they otherwise would not have been able to access, working towards a goal of having at least ten per cent of students on fully funded places. 

Precentor and director of music at Eton, Tim Johnson, said, ‘For the right boy, there is little doubt that the Orwell Music Award will be a life-changing opportunity. With around 130 Music Award holders in the school, drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds, they will be welcomed into a thriving and supportive musical community.

‘The first step is often the most difficult, but I would urge anyone who is interested in finding out more to get in touch with us and sign up for one of our interactive webinars.’ 

More information about the application process and a video showcasing life at Eton for the winners can be found at etoncollege.com/OrwellAward.  

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