The Lynne Lindner Music Award

At MSJ, Music is a big part of who we are. It is at the heart of School life, setting the mood and sense of occasion for events large and small. Some of our girls are extremely gifted musicians, and others engage with music for pleasure, and because they love it as a balance to the demands of academic life.

Mrs Lynne Lindner, Head of Performance and Vocal Studies at MSJ, retired in the Summer of 2020 after 27 years' service to MSJ and St James's School. In that time she taught thousands of girls, and shared with them and the wider community her gift of music. Generations of girls have flourished under her guidance and the confidence they have gained from music has sustained them and given them resilience in the classroom and beyond. 

To mark Lynne's service to Music through almost three decades, we have launched The Lynne Lindner Music Award, a scholarship with means-tested bursary assistance which will be granted to girls with exceptional musical talent. 

The Lynne Lindner Music Award will give a Sixth Form pupil unparalleled access to specialist teaching, physical resources, extra-curricular opportunities and first-class mentoring. The bursary will fully fund a sixth form place at MSJ, as well as giving an additional 10% to cover items such as instrumental tuition, sheet music and instrument hire if needed. 



Fully Funded Place for a Sixth Form Day Pupil

Applications now open

The Lynne Lindner Music Award recipient will make a positive contribution to the musical life of the School, and participate in concerts and musical ensembles such as orchestra and choir. 

  • Applicants should study GCSE Music and/or have at least Grade 6 on an instrument or voice.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to study A Level Music

Applications are welcomed from external candidates with exceptional musical talent, who will raise the bar even higher in our musical hub. 

  • Step 1
    • In the first instance, parents should complete and submit the Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances. Please email the form to the Finance Manager or alternatively post it to Sallyanne Kehoe, Malvern St James, 15 Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3BA this must reach us by Tuesday 30 November 2023
  • Step 2
    • Eligible candidates will be informed by Friday 8 December 2023 and invited to complete the application form which includes details of instruments played (including voice), evidence of Grades achieved (ABRSM or Trinity) and upload a Personal Statement/CV of Music experience/interests/aspirations
  • Step 3 
    • By Monday 8 January 2024 eligible candidates must submit their Award Form with supporting evidence and CV/Personal Statement as in Step 2  
  • Step 4
    • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for an assessment (practical and written) and interview day week commencing Monday 29 January 2024:
      • First Study (including voice): play two pieces of at least Grade 6 standard and aural tests
      • Second Study (including voice): play one piece of at least Grade 5 standard
      • Written paper based on general musical knowledge and analysis

Publicity and Fundraising

This Award is funded purely from fundraising and charitable donations. Recipients of awards will be expected to take part in fundraising activity for the scheme by featuring in communications materials and this can be by using images and first names.

Can you help us by donating to the bursary fund to support the Lynne Lindner Music Award? More information on fundraising for this life-changing Award can be found here