Conducting audition

Conducting – postgraduate only (MA or MMus)

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
MA 2 year 701F
MMus 2 year 801F

The UCAS Conservatoires application deadline for entry in September 2018 is 1st November 2017. This is also the deadline for receipt of Orchestral Conducting first-round video recordings. Please see Application Dates for details.

Auditions take place in London only, at the Academy.

• First Round assessments: Orchestral Conducting candidates should submit by 1st November their UCAS Conservatoires application, and also video recordings of at least two contrasting pieces, totalling between 15 and 30 minutes overall, filmed from the orchestral players' view of the conductor. The quality of the recording does not need to be perfect, but the works shown should each start from the beginning with no cuts or other editing. The recordings can include some rehearsal as well as actual performance, and should be uploaded to DecisionDesk, selecting "Conducting Masters Degree" as the Programme of Study.

The recordings are assessed by the Conducting department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by a performance candidate to a panel at the Academy.

February 2018 - two day session

• Second Round assessments: these live assessments will be held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The selected candidates are expected to be available for both dates.

You will be informed around the middle of January whether you have been selected for the second round live assessment and the exact starting time will be confirmed in UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply and Track’. The repertoire list will be sent to all selected candidates at this point; you should prepare all items, and the section/s you conduct in each stage will be selected by the auditioning panel at the time of the audition.

You should attend at the allocated time on the first day; you will be given aural tests, and will conduct a small wind orchestra.

A list of candidates selected to proceed after these assessments will be published during the afternoon. If you are selected, you will then have an interview and will, on the following morning, have a conducting session with two pianos and a further short interview.

You do not need to perform on piano or other instruments for your audition.

Your official result will be notified through UCAS Conservatoires Track after the Selection Board has met, following the end of the two days of assessments.

You are welcome to contact the Registry or the department administrator if you have any queries.

 
Master of Music (MMus) applications

There are specific requirements for written work which you should bring to your audition to support your application, your work may be discussed at interview.