Bromsgrove School

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 444 (Boys) 288 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1553

General Information

Pupils come to Bromsgrove not just because A Level and International Baccalaureate are taught superbly, but because sport is phenomenal and the arts fizz. It’s a passionate place with a dash of pizzazz to boot. With over 500 full time boarders from the age of 7, life at Bromsgrove is exciting and challenging. The Saturday activity programme (we have no Exeat weekends) allows pupils to participate in a huge variety of extra-curricular activities.

Facilities

Bromsgrove Senior and Prep School lie in one hundred acres of grounds with grass pitches galore. A newly built sports arena big enough for eight badminton courts and with seating for 500 is of a national standard and this together with a refurbished indoor swimming pool, new dance studios, hospitality suite for post match teas and other functions sits alongside our existing sports facilities: two sports halls with climbing walls, two floodlit astroturfs, squash courts, tennis and netball courts, extensive grass pitches and a 400 metre running track (at the adjacent Ryland Centre). The superb Outdoor Education facility of Upton Warren is a mere five minute drive away, and there pupils can engage in a host of activities from sailing and kayaking to climbing and ropework.

The school has invested over £22 million in building and development since 1994 and recent additions include a £2.5 million Art, Design & Technology building, an impressive Library and resources centre and a campus-wide broadband ICT network providing over 500 PCs for pupil use. Bromsgrove has probably built more boarding houses in the last few years than any other School in the country. Two new girls’ boarding houses and a new Prep School boarding house were completed in 2012, two new Sixth Form wings in 2013 and two more boys’ houses have been fully refurbished. Academic results are outstanding and Bromsgrove now offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels, pupils have a genuine choice.

Entrance Requirements

13+ : Entrance test. Sixth Form : GCSE results

Scholarships

11+:Academic, Music. 13+,16+:Academic, Music, Sport. Bursaries available for talent in sport, music, art, drama & all-round ability. Foundation scholarships for pupils living in the Bromsgrove area.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2016/2017. Day: £5140 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £11285 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7550 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Peter Clague

Contact for enquiries: Ms S Bussey

Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B617DU

[t]: 01527 579679
[f]: 01527 576177
[w]: www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Location Description

Bromsgrove School is situated in the town of Bromsgrove, England and is set within 100 acres of grounds just out of the town itself. It is ideally located for local, national and international travel to/from the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas, Birmingham International Airport, London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Bromsgrove is also close to excellent road and rail links (the town has its own railway line), such as the M5 and M42 motorways and Birmingham train stations.

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School News

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. Guest Speaker

On Thursday 14th September, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. was the distinguished speaker at a Guest Masterclass at Bromsgrove School. Old Bromsgrovian and Head

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Boy, Lord Jones attended Bromsgrove School from 1966–1974 and went on to read Law at University College, London.

Lord Jones has spent a hugely successful career in Business, serving as the Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

In 2011, Lord Jones published his first book Fixing Britain: The Business of Reshaping Our Nation which was shortlisted for the 2012 CMI Management Book of the Year. In 2017 Fixing Business: Making Profitable Business Work for the Good of All, was published.

Lord Jones is an active public speaker at events and engagements all over the UK and overseas, fulfilling his vision of promoting socially inclusive wealth creation and fighting for business and reform of public services. He champions the UK’s role in the world as a home of global competitiveness.

The Headmaster, Peter Clague, said “Lord Jones gave a barnstorming address that was witty and insightful. It was a tour de force, deftly explaining the political and social upheavals of the complex world that our pupils are inheriting. He also spoke eloquently of the power of education to transform lives, a message made more powerful by the fact that he attributes his own stellar career to his good fortune at being a Foundation Scholar at Bromsgrove School.”

Photo shows Mr Peter Clague, Headmaster of Bromsgrove School and Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt.

Bromsgrove School has just been announced as one of the Top IB Schools (Large Cohort), ranked at number 9 in the list. This follows the

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School’s IB results this summer, with an average score of 39.1 points.

https://www.best-schools.co.uk/uk-school-league-tables/ib-schools-large-cohort/

Speaking about Bromsgrove School’s International Baccalaureate results, the Director of the IB Programme  Dr Michael Thompson said ‘We are absolutely delighted by the average of 39.1 which places us amongst the very top IB schools in the country. This is a demanding course and students and teachers have once again excelled.’

The Diploma is scored from a maximum of 45 points, with all pupils required to study a variety of subjects including Maths, English, a language, a humanities subject, an arts subject and a science, as well as undertaking independent in-depth research for an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course and a non-academic element of Creativity, Activity or Service.

Every student entered gained their Diploma and half of them received formal recognition of their bilingualism. More than two-fifths of our pupils scored 40 points or more with the ‘average’ candidate scoring the equivalent of more than four A* grades at A Level.

The overwhelming majority of this year’s cohort will begin their undergraduate studies at prestigious Russell Group universities such as St Andrews, UCL, Imperial and KCL, but a number are looking forward to studying abroad at Chicago, NYU, Abu Dhabi and the University of British Colombia.

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Against a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty about national examination reforms, Bromsgrove School’s Fifth Form has achieved a superb set of GCSE results which are amongst

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the School’s best. 36% of the total grades achieved were graded A*, representing Bromsgrove’s highest ever top end result. 60% of results were graded A*/A, also amongst the best results a Fifth Form cohort has achieved.  The overall grade spread continues to be on a par with the strong performances the School has come to expect in recent years.

There will be many happy students and families in Bromsgrove and around the world as they log on to get their results and anticipate the next exciting step in their lives. Particular congratulations go to Alia Derriey who achieved a full house of A*s or 9s, and to local pupil Sam Osborne who achieved 8 A*s and 3 As whilst also attending daily swimming training.  Sam represented Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival.  Well done to the six students who dropped only a single grade in one of their subjects.

Headmaster Peter Clague said, “These grades represent a significant personal achievement for each student as their first experience of national public examinations.  They are the culmination of hard work and perseverance, an encouragement of the potential that lies inside each of them. Collectively, the results do not merely reflect well on our student body, but also showcase the dedication and quality of staff at Bromsgrove School, outstanding educators who are the architects of aspiration and success.”

Photo: Tristan Hall, SamOsborne and Tom Maidment

“In a year in which A level students have faced the challenge of new courses and changes to the qualifications system, I am delighted thatBromsgrove’s students

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have once again performed well,” said Peter Clague, Headmaster of Bromsgrove School.

The 220 Upper Sixth leavers took in total 733 subject qualifications this year.  Overall more than a quarter of all results achieved the equivalent of an A* and just over three-fifths achieved at least an A grade. The A*- B percentage achieved is 80%.

Six pupils achieved more than five A grades, twenty achieved four or more A grades with 43 gaining at least three A grades. Notable amongst these is Oscar Chou with four A*s and a further three A grades. Oscar will continue to read Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

Bromsgrove offers a wider choice than just A levels in the Sixth Form.  A large number of pupils study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and these results, published in July, were once again superb with an average score of 39.1 points, the School’s highest ever IB average.   49% of our 43 candidates achieving 40 points or above and in Higher Level subjects, 45% of entries scored a 7 (equivalent to an A* at A level), whilst the equivalent A*/A rate was 88%.

A number of students also have the opportunity to sit BTEC qualifications. Between them these pupils achieved 52 Distinction* grades (equivalent to a grade A at A level) with a further 8 Distinctions amongst a total entry of 62 qualifications.

In addition, three quarters of the year group undertook significant enriching personalised study in terms of either the IB Core or the Extended Project Qualification(EPQ) as part of their sixth form studies. IB students averaged 2.1 Core points whilst 65 A*s were gained in the EPQ.

All students holding offers from Oxbridge met their offers and the university destinations of leavers include an impressive list of top world and UK universities with pupils winning scholarships to NYU in Abu Dhabi (Academic Scholarship), the University of British Columbia (International Leader of Tomorrow Award) and the University of Mount Olive (International Scholarship).

 

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Pupil Selected For Team GB For European Youth Festival

Congratulations to Sam Osborne of Bromsgrove School who has been selected by The British Olympic Association to represent Team GB at the Győr 2017 European

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Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary.

Fifty British athletes will compete at the festival alongside 3,000 athletes from 50 European nations who will compete across 10 Olympic sports from 23rd-29th July.

Team GB’s athletes, aged 14-17 will compete in canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, judo, swimming and tennis.

Team GB has won at least 20 medals at the previous 13 festivals which have played an important role in the athletes’ development, eventually helping them to achieve Olympic medals as did Becky Adlington, Pete Kennaugh, Sally Conway and Nile Wilson.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire ESSA Midlands Athletics

On Tuesday, 20th June, Prep and Senior athletes from Bromsgrove School competed in the ESAA Midlands Final at Tipton Sports Academy.

The junior boys’ track and

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field team achieved something very special by winning the Midland Final of the National Track and Field Cup. They therefore qualify for the National ESAA Final on Saturday 1st July at Oxford. The last Prep School boys’ team to achieve this was the Upper Sixth boys who won the U18 NatWest Schools’ Cup Rugby at Twickenham last year – the standard at the ESAA Final is very tough. There were numerous personal best performances, twelve in total, and the Prep boys scored a total of 433 points, which ranks them eleventh in the country out of 500 entries. The breakdown of individual points scorers is as follows:

Platinum badge: Matthew Burke 43 points (PB) and Louis Upton 43 points

Gold badge: Alex Collin 38 points, Oliver Brown 37 points, Ben Whitby 37 points, Gordon Wong 34 points, Max Parsons 33 points and Alex Ranger 33 points

Silver: Sebastian Perry 32 points, Teddy Broadhurst 31 points, Billy McDonough 28 points, Mikhail Strelkov 28 points and Sebastian Purvis 28 points

Bronze badge: Zachary Armstrong 27 points

There were superb performances from the Yr 7 and 8 girls – Ellen Ashton in the shot put throwing 7.78m (equivalent to 19 points), with Ellen also running 13.8 secs in the 100m (21 points). Isabelle Jones threw 21.49m in the javelin, gaining 21 points. Darcey Pearson jumped 4.45m in long jump, a personal best for her, obtaining 23 points. Lucy Trigg also achieved a personal best in the hurdles in a time of 13.7 secs, contributing 20 points to the team total. Tash Malam jumped very well in the long jump with a jump of 4.34m gaining 20 points. Tash also achieved 20 points in the 200m in a time of 29.4 secs. Overall, the Prep girls were ranked fifth coming in to the competition and pulled themselves up to fourth by the end of the day gaining 363 points. Only two points separated them from the second place position of 361.

The inter-girls performed well in the Midlands round despite having some injuries. The top individual performances of the day were; Beth Lloyd (shot put & 100m) who scored a massive 50 points, Hannah Sahota (high jump & 200m) who attained 42 points, Daisy-Mai Clements (long jump & 300m) and Tilly Giles (hurdles & triple jump) who both amassed 39 points. Overall the inter girls accumulated 382 points placing them 5th in the Midlands, missing out on 3rd place by 2 points.

The inter-boys team performed well but narrowly missed out on a place at the National Finals as they finished second. The group can be proud of their performance, however, as they recorded five personal best performances with Jake Lowe, Jonathan Burke, Nick Jakobsen, Ethan Hart and Pearce Childs.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bake Off 2017

On Monday 26th June, all eleven Senior Houses at Bromsgrove School came together on Wendron-Gordon lawn to each bake a cake for the highly competitive

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Bromsgrove Bake-Off 2017.

The theme this year was Recreation and the cakes on display ranged from Wimbledon to Rugby, to a recreation of House Song.

Housman Hall’s swimming pool entry, complete with blue coloured liquid, was judged the winner by the Headmaster, Mr Clague.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma students at Bromsgrove School have this year recorded the School’s highest ever average score of 38.8 points.

The Diploma is scored from maximum

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of 45 points with all pupils required to study a variety of subjects including maths, English, a language, a humanities subject, an arts subject and a science as well as undertaking independent in-depth research for an extended essay, a Theory of Knowledge course and a non-academic element of Creativity, Activity or Service.

Every student entered gained their diploma with half of them receiving formal recognition of their bilingualism. More than two-fifths of pupils scored 40 points or more with the ‘average’ candidate scoring the equivalent of more than four A* grades at A Level.

Speaking about Bromsgrove School’s International Baccalaureate results, the Director of the IB Programme Dr Michael Thompson said that he is bowled over by the pupils’ achievements. ‘We are absolutely delighted by the average of 38.8 which places us amongst the very top IB schools in the country. This is a demanding course and students and teachers have once again excelled.’

Comparing the results to the more traditional A level grades, 40.3% of Bromsgrove’s IB students scored level 7 which is equivalent to an A* at A Level, with 88% scoring at least level 6, equivalent to an A grade at A Level.

The overwhelming majority of this year’s cohort will begin their undergraduate studies at prestigious Russel Group universities such as St Andrews, UCL, Imperial and KCL, but a number are looking forward to studying abroad at Chicago, NYU Abu Dhabi and the University of British Colombia.

 

Photo:  IB student Hanna Fastrich with her Visual Arts Display

 

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Bromsgrove School’s ‘Chicken’ flew to the finish line on Wednesday 3rd May and was awarded first placed kit car at the Season Opener at Rockingham

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Raceway.

The Chicken was finally released after a winter of heavy modifications and development where it was put on a strict diet and lost at least 10kgs in weight; had a host of new aero parts fitted to create less drag and was treated to a new yellow powder coated frame.

The venue for its first race of the season was a team favourite and regular stomping ground for the car, Rockingham Raceway in Northampton. Thirty-seven teams attended the event with new Greenpower partners (and sponsors) BMW and Siemens. Since last season, the team has climbed yet again in the world standings from 49th to 28th overall and are now the 2nd fastest Kitcar on the planet!

The Chicken has been ranked as potentially the 4th fastest F24 car as numbers 1, 9 and 22 were out in force for the seasonal opener. With a dozen new team members in attendance, Bromsgrove had to make strategic driver choices for optimum performance during a race.

Rockingham is a daunting track and it surprised some of Bromsgrove’s students with the sheer vastness and size of the 1.47 mile circuit.

The team collected the trophy and medals at the end of the day and seemed to really enjoy all aspects of the race day experience. With a new sponsor in the pipeline, more modifications to work on and strategies to develop, Team Chicken will be the team to beat.

Mr Steve Broadbent, Teacher of Design Technology said “I would like to thank Mr Matthews and the team for their unflinching efforts on the day – Will Edwards, Scarlett Bond, Cameron Chance, Molly-Jo Sward, Nathan Summers, Hamish Sutherland, Alek Florov, Frankie McCaig, Champion Pongpaew, Luke Weller, Lucy Jenkins and Ellie Chan. I couldn’t be more proud”.

Bromsgrove School was saddened to hear of the death of Colin Dexter OBE, former Vice-President of the Housman Society, who died aged 86 on Tuesday,

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21st March. Mr Dexter reopened Bromsgrove’s Sixth Form boarding house, Housman Hall in 2006 in a special ceremony. At the time, Mr Dexter told attendees that he was honoured to be asked to formally open the building which was named after A.E. Housman, Classical Scholar and Poet, and an Alumnus of Bromsgrove School.

Colin Dexter is perhaps best known as a crime writer, and one of his novels was later made into the ITV series, Inspector Morse.

Our thoughts are with Mr Dexter’s family, his friends and members of the Housman Society at this time.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’ U15 netball team who were crowned National Cup Champions on Wednesday 22nd March.

In the first five minutes of the Final, Bromsgrove

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found themselves trailing 4-1 against Lingfield Notre Dame School. A slight change of tactics in Bromsgrove’s defence allowed them to take the lead however, and at quarter time the score was 16-9 in Bromsgrove’s favour. Bromsgrove continued to play with great intensity in the second quarter with numerous turn overs by Corey McGlynn in the position of goal defence and superb link up play by Kitty Luscombe, the captain, playing centre. At half time, the score was 33-14.

Bromsgrove continued to dominate on the court during the second half of the match and with outstanding shooting by Kate Morrice increased their lead further, resulting in an impressive 66-22 victory and the National Champions crown.

It was a marvellous team effort by Bromsgrove resulting in a much deserved win. Bromsgrove’s U15 team are now double national netball champions.

Results in the cup-

1st round beat RGS, Worcester 36-23

2nd round beat Wolverhampton Grammar School 50-6

3rd round beat Shrewsbury High School 35-19

4th round beat Bramcote School 48-19

Quarter finals- beat Berkhamsted 39-32

Semi final beat Woddhouse Grove School 55-37

Final beat Lingfield Notre Dame 66-22

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove’s U15 netball team who on 10th March triumphed in a tough match against the Grammar School, Leeds in the Independent Schools’ Final

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at Redbridge Sports Centre, Ilford. This was the first of two national finals the team have qualified for.

As expected, the match was a very closely fought affair. The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides taking the initiative during the first three quarters but the real drama was saved until the final quarter. Bromsgrove were leading by 6 goals at the start of this period, but determined play from Leeds saw them claw back the deficit and with 90 seconds to go, the score was tied 33-33. Bromsgrove then lost their captain to injury and with the ball in the hands of Leeds, they were favourites to win the title. A great interception, together with slick passing allowed Katie Morrice the space to shoot the winning goal with just 10 seconds left on the clock!

Well done to this outstanding team who are winners of the Independent Schools’ Cup and now National Champions!

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Bromsgrove Music department hosted a wonderful day of music making by Winterfold House School, Bromsgrove Prep and Senior Schools on Friday 24th February.

Twenty-three musicians formed

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into five quartets and a trio, working on a range of repertoire with members of our string teaching department. Rehearsals and coaching sessions took place all day, as pupils prepared for their performances at the informal concert in the Memorial Chapel at the end of the workshop. The concert included repertoire by Tartini, Handel, Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Elgar, Hook, Vivaldi and Corelli; all performed by the newly formed chamber groups, as well as the junior and senior string orchestras.

The string tutors opened the concert with the performance of a movement from Mozart’s Divertimento in F and the senior string orchestra gave a finale performance of two movements from Handel’s Organ Concerto ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ played on the organ Mr Knight.

Mrs Fiona Swadling from Bromsgrove Music department said “The String Chamber day was a huge success, it was such an inspiring day for pupils and tutors alike. All day the music department was a hive of activity, with sounds of string playing coming from virtually every room. The concert was a particularly special moment in the day and pupils produced some wonderful performances”.

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On 9th February, Bromsgrove Drama department welcomed Didi Hopkins, the country’s foremost practitioner of Commedia.

Didi worked with over 50 Drama students in 4 sessions from

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Year 9 to the Upper 6th form, training them in the use of masks, the creation of character and improvisation. Didi is regularly in demand as a Commedia adviser to the RSC and the National Theatre and worked closely with Richard Bean on the international award-winning “One Man Two Governors”. Assisting Didi in creating short improvised performances with the students was also Elliott Ross, an actor who appeared with the RSC last year and a specialist in clowning and physical theatre.

Commedia Del ‘Arte or ‘the comedy of the artisan’ emerged ‘fully formed’ in the middle of the 16th Century – some say in Venice or Bologna but it was just as likely to have developed in any Italian town which had a square or market place. It was the first truly professional theatre and combined the physical skills of the street performer – tumbling, acrobatics, juggling, with the plots and characters of Classical Roman comedy and the prose writings of the Renaissance.

Its essence lies in the hierachy of its stock characters from the powerful Magnifico to the lowly, bumbling servant, Zanni. Performances were improvised around very tightly rehearsed ‘lazzi’ or ‘routines’ that could be physical, verbal and musical in style. Some characters were always played in a particular mask but others were unmasked.

Although in its purest form it is rarely seen performed in Britain today, there are still a number of professional troupes working in Italy and France. Its influences in theatre and performance are absolutely everywhere, however. Manuel the waiter in Fawlty Towers is an archetypal ‘Zanni’ figure, Darth Vader an all-powerful Magnifico.

Training in Commedia is not only of enormous benefit to an actor, developing highly complex physical skills and the ability to connect quickly and effectively with an audience, but it is now increasingly being used as a business tool in companies across Europe to train executives to think quickly and creatively ‘on their feet’.

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Talented pianist, Jude Wynter of Bromsgrove School was awarded first prize in the final of The Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform on Saturday 11th February.

Jude, who

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has been playing piano for 8 years beat off fierce competition in the Senior category of the competition for musicians aged 14-17 yrs.

Well done also to Joshua Osborn-Patel who competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition.

Jude gave a polished performance of Nocturne in D flat minor op.27 no 2 by Chopin and Menuet Antique by Ravel. The adjudicators noted that Jude’s playing was accomplished and delivered with passion.

Mrs Monica Toso, Chairman of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform said “The standard of technical ability and individual interpretation by each of the ten finalists in the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform 2017 was of the highest standard and in many cases surpassed their actual age. Those in the audience expressed the view that they felt privileged to have listened to such amazing talent.”

The Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform is open to all those who are at school or resident in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The junior section is for those aged 9-13 and Seniors aged 14-17. It is hoped that one day the success of the

competition will lead it into the realm of being a national opportunity for young musicians.

The finalists of the competition were selected on merit by the distinguished Adjudicators. All competitors will be awarded certificates of commendation, however, the two best performances from each section will be granted financial bursaries paid to accredited providers enabling the winners to further develop their musical talent.

Prizes awarded were: £1,000 – Senior category

£ 750 – Junior category

Each category also has a second award of £400.

The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (BIMC) was founded originally as a platform for young talented musicians in 1980 by Mary White, on the advice of Dr Donald Hunt, the then Artistic Director of the Bromsgrove Festival.

Many outstanding and talented young musicians have since taken part. Many of the winners and finalists have gone on to enjoy national and international fame. The competition is run by a trust, the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition, which is a registered charity (no.1155544). The competition is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers).

Now in its 37th year, the 2017 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition will be held at Bromsgrove School from 4th – 8th April. Musicians from across the globe will battle it out during the preliminary rounds (4-7 April) in front of acclaimed adjudicators, Edmond Fivet CBE, Chairman of Adjudicators, the outstanding cellist Hannah Roberts and Andrew Zolinsky, Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.

The BIMC Finalists’ Concert will take place on the evening of Saturday 8th April. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bromsgrovecompetition.com . There is free entry to the preliminary rounds of the competition.

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