The Purcell School for Young Musicians

The Purcell School for Young Musicians

Charity information

The Purcell School for Young Musicians

The principal objective of the charity as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association is to establish and conduct a school for the purpose of providing an excellent general and specialist music education.

The Purcell School is an independent co-educational specialist music school for young musicians of outstanding talent aged 8-18. It offers musical training and performance opportunities in the full range of orchestral instruments, keyboard, jazz and voice. The school is internationally renowned and attracts students from all over the world as well as from the UK; over 20 nationalities are represented. The school is predominantly a boarding school with a current roll of 128 boarders and 44 day pupils. Entry is by 'needs blind' audition based on musical ability or potential rather than the parents' ability to pay the fees. Over 90% of the pupils receive scholarships. These are sourced from a combination of funders; 135 places are provided under the British Government's Music & Dance Scheme and the remainder come from generous charitable trusts and individual benefactors. In addition to scholarships and bursaries, funding is required for Outreach work, supporting needy pupils, developing contemporay music and a series of Capital Appeals, A purpose built Music Centre has been completed recently and further boarding accommodation and improvements are planned to enhance the wellbeing of the students.