Apply for an Instrumental Place or to become a Chorister 

Entry to St Mary’s Music School is based on musical ability or potential ability and pupils are selected after an audition process. The recommended steps are as follows: 

1. Advisory Audition

For anyone applying for an instrumental place or to become a chorister we recommend attending an Advisory Audition in the first instance. These are free of charge and are a useful indicator of whether a child or young person is likely to succeed at audition and if the School itself will be the right environment for them. After your Advisory Audition we will tell you whether we recommend you for a Formal Audition. 

2. Formal Audition 

This determines whether you have the musical ability and potential to be a full time pupil at St Mary's Music School.  If successful at this stage you will be invited to attend for a Two Day Stay. 

3. Two Day Stay

If successful in your formal audition we will invite you to a two day stay. This is the final part of the assessment process. 


Advisory Audition Dates 2019/20

Monday 16 September

Monday 28 October 

Monday 11 November

Monday 9 December

Monday 13 January

Monday 17 February  

Monday 16 March

Audition Dates 2019

Monday 9 September 

Thursday 7 November

Friday 8 November

Monday 27 January

Tuesday 28 January 

If you would like to be considered for either an advisory or a full audition, please complete the application form in the first instance and send to Mary Walls, Admissions Secretary email:

Saturday Music Classes

There is no audition process for Saturday Music Classes: we welcome everyone on a first come first served basis from the age of 4 to 14, and the programme is aimed at beginner levels plus.

Please see the Saturday Music Classes section for further information on classes and applications.

Summer Schools

The school is running a residential piano course, open to enthusiastic pianists age 13-19 who are at Grade 6 and above, in August 2019. Led by an experienced team of St Mary’s Music School staff, this intensive course includes one-to-one teaching, workshops, performance classes, duo work, yoga and Alexander Technique.

Further information and an application form on our Summer Schools page.