The Sixth Form Music Award, which is part of the Orwell Award, is available to a boy who shows great musical potential, with the personality to adapt successfully to the life of a boarding community. We welcome applications from boys with a strong commitment to their music making, who would make the most from the extraordinary musical opportunities on offer at Eton and contribute to ensembles or choirs. As a rough guide, past award holders have been of roughly Grade 7 and above.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their musical ability as well as financial need. Those wishing to be considered for the award should apply through the normal Orwell Award application process, completing the Sixth Form Music Award section as part of their application. They will also submit a short video performance of a piece on their first instrument.

Speaking as a mother of a former Orwell Award holder, I can honestly say that I was sceptical when my son said he was going to apply to Eton. Now, as he finishes his Master’s course at Imperial College London, I can say – hand on heart – that it was the best thing he could have done.

Parent of Orwell Award recipient

Read more about the Sixth Form Music Award

Musical ability will be determined through a practical audition, which will take place in November each year.

Did you know?

More than 10% of the school’s population hold a scholarship, including Music Scholars.


The audition will involve:

  • Performance of two contrasting pieces on first instrument/voice
  • Performance on 2nd instrument (if offered)
  • Sight-reading or other tests relevant to genre (jazz musicians may be asked to improvise above a given chord sequence for example)
  • Aural tests

For further details please contact the Admissions Office.