Magazine article Musical Opinion

British Army Offers a Role That’s ‘Music to Your Ears'?

Magazine article Musical Opinion

British Army Offers a Role That’s ‘Music to Your Ears'?

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A "Golden Hello" of up to £10,000 has been launched to help persuade talented musicians to consider a career in the British Army.

Musicians who perform to an advanced level at audition and subsequently complete Phase 2 training (specialist training for Army Corps of Music personnel) within two terms at The Royal Military School of Music will be eligible for a one off lump sum of £10,000. Those who perform above the minimum entry level (but not to advanced level) will be offered £4,000.

As a full-time member of the Corps of Army Music, soldiers are able to play music as part of their job and benefit from the range of opportunities the Army has to offer. These include travelling overseas, taking part in adventure training, and gaining professional and practical qualifications.

About the Corps of Army Music

The Corps of Army Music's 22 bands specialise in a wide range of music genres, meaning that almost every musician will find their style of playing catered for in the Regular Army. For example, there are dedicated wind bands, brass bands, mounted bands, marching bands and rock and pop bands, as well as jazz and saxophone groups, a string orchestra and brass ensembles.

In addition to offering musicians a "Golden Hello" payment, the British Army offers full-time soldiers a competitive salary of £18,305 after training. The "Golden Hello" scheme is available to new recruits, to internal transferees from other Corps and Regiments within the Army, to those transferring from the Army Reserve to the Regular Army and to those who want to re-join the Army, which offers the opportunity to attain qualifications including a Business and Technology Council (BTEC) Music Level 3, an Associate Diploma Trinity

College London (ATCL) in musical performance and a Licentiate Diploma Trinity College London (LTCL) in conducting. …

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