Selection of pupils to the School is by a series of auditions, which seek to assess musical ability and identify outstanding potential. An invitation to a full audition at the school will follow a preliminary assessment by the Director of Music.
The first stage of the admissions process is to complete an application form, which can be downloaded here. This should be submitted along with a digital recording (preferred) or DVD of the applicant performing contrasting pieces of their own choice on their first instrument. The application form should also be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee of £50 (cheques payable to 'The Yehudi Menuhin School'). Alternatively the fee may be paid by bank transfer. Please contact the Registrar for details.
The Director of Music will review the application and recording and then decide whether to invite the applicant for a full audition.
At the full audition, which is always conducted at the School, applicants are asked to play two contrasting pieces of their own choice from different stylistic periods and undertake sight-reading and aural tests. They will also be interviewed, with their parents, by various members of the School staff, including the Head, Director of Studies, Houseparents and Senior School Nurse.
For the final stage of the selection process, candidates are invited to the School for a three-day stay during which they take part in the life of the School and have instrumental and academic lessons before a final decision is made. Candidates who have travelled from outside the UK may be invited to stay for three days at the full audition stage.
No formal academic assessment takes place, although applicants are inevitably assessed informally during the academic lessons which they attend. However, the decision whether or not to offer a place is based purely on the School's assessment of musical potential and the candidate's desire and suitability to undertake a specialized course.
During the interview with the Head, the matter of funding will be discussed. The Head will let parents know what funding might be available and try to gain some indication from parents of how much they are able to contribute. Parents should note that help towards the fees comes in the form of a means-tested bursaries based on financial need rather than scholarships based on any kind of ranking of ability.