Much of who we are and what we do is shaped by collaboration. We are always looking for ways to collaborate, and we have established a number of partnerships to enhance the Junior Guildhall student experience. These include:
The Barbican Centre is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference centre. It pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts and is situated immediately next door to Guildhall School within the iconic Barbican Estate.
The Barbican and the School enjoy a unique educational and cultural partnership. Built over many years, this partnership provides a number of exceptional learning opportunities.
In addition to Junior Guildhall's highly successful String Training Programme in London, we run a similar programme based at Brentwood School, Essex, which allows children from across the community to follow the Junior Guildhall String Training Programme course within the excellent facilities of the Brentwood School music department.
This exciting partnership, offers talented young musicians aged 4 – 11, a valuable introduction to music and a unique opportunity to study at both Brentwood School and Junior Guildhall.
In addition to the String Training Programme that runs at Brentwood School on a Saturday, a unique partnership exists for Brentwood School pupils, who can benefit from regular musical initiatives including masterclasses given by Junior Guildhall staff and students. Talented Brentwood pupils are encouraged to apply for the Junior Guildhall Music Course at the Barbican on recommendation from the Director of Music. Successful students can enjoy a combination of an outstanding Brentwood School education during the week together with the specialist Music provision on a Saturday at Junior Guildhall.
There are two scholarships available, one for Years 12-13 and one for Years 9-11. These competitive scholarships are awarded to outstanding musicians who have been successful in gaining a place at City of London School for Girls due to high academic attainment, and are then recommended by the Director of Music, to apply to Junior Guildhall.
The Joint scholarships, which consider financial need, cover up to full fees at the City of London School for Girls and may cover up to the full Basic Course Fee at Junior Guildhall subject to scholarship availability.
Initial enquiries should be made to the City of London School for Girls (Tel. 020 7847 5500). Auditions are usually held in November for entry in the following September.
Junior Guildhall has an exciting new partnership with European String Teachers Association (ESTA UK). This partnership provides many opportunities for Junior Guildhall students and staff as well as both organisations working together on a composition project aimed at encouraging young composers to write new string music.
ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire. ESTA provides support and professional development through their website and magazines, Arco and Jesta, and offers generous financial benefits to members, including insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.
Felsted offers a range of Scholarships and Awards which recognise and celebrate outstanding commitment and potential in a range of disciplines including Music. Through our unique partnership, Felsted are able to offer joint Junior Guildhall and Felsted Music Scholarships for outstanding young musicians for entry at Year 7, 9, 10 or Year 12 and welcome applications from young people who will draw great benefit from, and contribute significantly to the life of both educational establishments.
For more information please contact Gemma Kilby.
Junior Guildhall offers students with exceptional performance and academic ability a direct entry route to the second year of Guildhall School’s BMus course (BMus2). Students are selected by the Senior Management Team. This provides a significant cost-saving for those who wish to pursue studies at Guildhall School, as students entering BMus2 will only need to complete three years of full-time study, as opposed to four, to obtain their degree.
The Junior Guildhall partnership with the National Youth String Orchestra (NYSO) provides opportunities for both Junior Guildhall students and staff to be involved with NYSO and for the two organisations to work collaboratively on projects.
In less than 20 years NYSO has become one of the UK’s most prestigious and important training organisations for young string players. It provides specialist, quality training for talented musicians up to the age of 21, and gives them regular experience in public performance, both in the UK and on overseas tours.
Whitgift School offers a range of Scholarships and Awards which recognise and celebrate outstanding commitment and potential in a range of disciplines including Music. Through our unique partnership, Whitgift are able to offer joint Junior Guildhall /Whitgift Music Scholarships for selected outstanding young musicians and welcome applications from young people who will draw great benefit from, and contribute significantly to the life of both educational establishments.
For more information please contact Whitgift School Director of Music, Mr Alberic Elsom.