New Partnership for Felsted School and the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama
13th September 2013

Felsted School is delighted to announce its partnership with the world-famous Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

This unique partnership, the first educational collaboration of its kind in the UK, will offer talented musicians an unrivalled range of benefits and opportunities. By following a tailored academic programme at Felsted, selected students will benefit from the flexibility to study music at the Junior Guildhall as well as in the Felsted Music Department.

Talented students may apply for a Guildhall/Felsted Music scholarship in all instruments, including voice, at entry ages 11, 13 and 16. The scholarship includes the chance to work with some of the very best musicians in the country, attend master classes and become thoroughly prepared for their musical examinations. Scholars will learn additional music topics through the Guildhall and regular performances at both institutions will help them embark on their own individual musical pathway to reach and maintain the highest musical standards, paving the way from school to conservatoire.

Described in Tatler’s Schools Guide 2014 as ‘mad about music’, Felsted already boasts three current members of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Richard Rayner, age 19 from Chelmsford, who was crowned Young Drummer of the Year in 2009 and a Category Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, now studies at the Guildhall full time, having completed his A Levels.

Also included in this partnership is a Junior Guildhall String Programme, which will be held at Felsted from September 2014 and aims to engage local children from age 4 upwards to learn a stringed instrument under the supervision of Guildhall appointed teachers.

Director of Music at Felsted, Mr James Lowry comments; “This is a completely unique partnership between a school and a junior department of a major conservatoire. With the two strands – Junior Strings for very young children, and Felsted Guildhall scholarships for highly motivated older music students – we are declaring our firm intention of becoming the best school for music in the region. I firmly believe that this is the start of an incredibly exciting partnership.”

Notes to editors:

  • Scholarships are available for ages 11, 13 and 16.
  • Pupils must pass entrance auditions for both Felsted and the Guildhall to gain a Guildhall/Felsted Scholarship.
  • Scholars will also receive free tuition in two instruments (including voice) at Felsted, where appropriate.

Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.

For further information please contact Sophy Aitken on or Victoria Hiett at or on 01371 822647

Photo Caption 1: Felsted and Guildhall pupil Peter Rayner, age 17 and younger brother of Richard, performing at the Young Drummer of the Year 2013.

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