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Music Scholarships

Music is a key part of life at Dunottar. Music Scholars are our most able musicians and they benefit from the inspiring facilities provided by our £4.5 million state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre, including dedicated music practice rooms and classrooms, along with a 500-seat theatre performance space, equipped with the latest lighting and acoustic technology.

Music Scholars play an integral role in school productions, concerts within school and at local venues. Supported by expert teaching, Scholars benefit from a portfolio of enriching activities, including masterclasses with professional musicians, composition workshops, solo recitals and informal lunchtime concerts. Mentoring from our peripatetic teachers develops musicianship, a creative approach and technical ability.

Music Scholars are involved in annual Scholars’ events, which are designed to stretch and challenge them, including:

  • Scholars’ Composing Weekend – Working with a professional composer to create a group performance which is then showcased at concerts throughout the year.
  • Performing Arts and Music Scholars’ Showcase – A chance for the Scholars to perform solo items in a concert setting alongside a wonderful production from the Performing Arts Scholars.
  • Concert Trips to London – Visits to top London concert venues with artists such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and world-renowned solo artists.
  • Scholars’ Masterclass – A performance and ‘mini lesson’ with an established visiting performer to explore different approaches to performance and interpretation.
  • Lunchtime Concerts – A chance for Scholars to perform in a series of lunchtime concerts at school. These concerts provide the perfect opportunity to develop their performance skills and share their musical talents with audiences.

Music Scholarships are awarded to exceptional musicians in any instrument.

Music Scholars’ Performance – Highlights

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