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Scholarship is prize for music competition winner

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BUDDING string musicians from around the world can win a scholarship to Whitgift School through a new competition.

The school's first annual International Music Competition is now open to boys aged 12 to 17, in three age categories.

The grand prize is a scholarship to the leading independent boys' school in South Croydon, with boarding, accommodation and instrumental fees covered.

The winner and runner-up will also get the chance to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.

To enter, musicians have to submit a solo performance via video website YouTube. Successful applicants will be invited to Whitgift to perform in front of a jury.

The deadline for the competition is March 1, 2013.

Whitgift headmaster Dr Christopher Barnett said: "Whitgift offers wonderful opportunities for musical development, within a context of all-round educational excellence.

"This is an exciting, prestigious competition; it has the potential to attract some of the finest young British and international students seeking to demonstrate their talent."

The competition is supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom the school has a partnership.

The prestigious jury will include Remus Azoitei, violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Guy Johnston, cellist and BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000.


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