Timpani and Percussion 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 information.

Auditions for the Percussion department are held in London. We regret it may not be possible to audition candidates for Percussion at our other centres because of limitations at the host venues.

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

UCAS Conservatoires course codes, Postgraduate courses:
Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Master of Music 1 year 807F / 2 year 805F
Professional Diploma 1 year 903F
Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Advanced Diploma (Performance) 1 year W301

 
In London the auditions will last for 30 minutes (undergraduate) or 45 minutes (postgraduate). As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

The Bartók Violin Concerto extract (for postgraduate candidates) will be sent to you from the Registry in early November.

Postgraduate students may opt to specialise in timpani only or percussion only.

These instruments will be available at the London auditions:

Percussion
Adams 4 Octave Xylophone
Musser 3 Octave ProVibe
Yamaha 5 Octave Marimba
Pearl Philharmonic 14x5 Side Drum

Timpani
Ludwig Pro Symphonic and Premier timpani, for the candidate to choose pedals of their choice.

 
Undergraduates: Timpani

  1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.4
    1st movement, 7th bar after F to L and 2 bars before T to 3 bars before U
    (available in “Modern Method for Timpani”, Saul Goodman, Belwin Mills)
  2. Hindemith: Sinfonische Metamorphosen
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  3. Turandot Scherzo (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  4. Frank Martin: Concerto pour 7 Instruments à Vent, Timbales, Batterie et Orchestre à Cordes
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott) 

Undergraduates: Percussion

Xylophone

  1. Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
    (available in the Goldenberg book)
  2. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  3. Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Side Drum

  1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Movements 3 & 4
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  2. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  3. Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
    (available in the Goldenberg book)

A piece of your own choice on either Xylophone, Marimba or Vibraphone (voluntary)

 
All Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

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.

 

Postgraduates: Timpani

  1. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  2. Bartók: Violin Concerto (extract, supplied by the Academy in early November)
  3. R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Big Waltz) (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  4. Hindemith: Sinfonische Metamorphosen, Turandot Scherzo (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Postgraduates: Percussion

Xylophone

  1. Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
    (available in the Goldenberg book)
  2. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)
  3. Hindemith: Kammermusik, Movements 1 & 4
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Vibraphone

  1. Bernstein: Cool, West Side Story (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Side Drum

  1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Movements 3 & 4
    (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott
  2. Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol, Movements 3 & 4
    (available in Hathway, Snare drum book)
  3. Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
    (available in the Goldenberg book)
  4. Suppé: Pique Dame
    (available in the Goldenberg book)

A piece of your own choice on either Xylophone, Marimba or Vibraphone.

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