Historical Performance audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2018. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the department administrator if you have any queries. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/apply for application details.

In most cases auditions will last around 20 minutes. As time is limited for some auditions, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Please prepare two or three contrasting pieces of your own choice.

The Historical Performance auditions in London have a harpsichord tuned to A=415, also a fortepiano at A=430; please contact admissions@ram.ac.uk at least two weeks before the audition if you will need a piano at A=440.
If you choose an audition centre in East Asia or Australia, we regret we cannot guarantee that a harpsichord or fortepiano will be available so please contact the local coordinator.
Our North America audition centre does not have a harpsichord or fortepiano.

Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Gap Year 102F
Bachelor of Music 302F

You may be asked to take some aural skills tests, consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:
- singing the middle notes in a chord
- identification of intervals
- sight reading of rhythms
- sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped.

Written assessment
You will be required to take a 50-minute written paper including harmonisation of a melody and a short essay question of a general musical nature. You will be permitted to use a printed dictionary. Sorry, we cannot issue specimen papers.

Postgraduate candidates:

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Master of Music 1 year 807F / 2 year 805F
Professional Diploma 901F
Continuing Professional Development Diploma 906F
Advanced Diploma (Performance) W300

There are specific requirements for written work to support your application (except MA).

Next Event

Battles free

29.09.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of Baroque music associated with heroic battles. The concert concludes with a live battle.