Video recordings

Who can apply by video?

  • The Academy will accept video performances instead of a live audition for most Principal Studies. However you are not normally eligible to apply by video if you live in Europe, or (except Musical Theatre candidates) if you live in North America or East Asia.
  • The Academy does not accept video applications for Opera, Répétiteur, Choral Conducting, Musical Direction, Advanced Diploma, CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership or Research degrees, or candidates applying to transfer to Year 2 or Year 3 of the BMus degree.
  • Conducting (orchestral) candidates submit a pre-screening video but must attend a live audition if selected. Please see the guidance on the Conducting audition page.
  • Composition candidates should consult the guidance on the Composition application page.
  • Candidates for the Master of Music degree or Professional Diploma should include their written work in their DecisionDesk upload.
  • Please note that if you audition by video recording, you will not normally be eligible for an entrance scholarship. 
  • Study Abroad or Exchange candidates have separate guidance on our Incoming Exchanges web page. 
Instructions for preparing the recording - spoken English item PLUS your performance

Your spoken item must be presented in English. First identify yourself by your name, and then say something about your musical background and the training you have had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying for your chosen programme of study at the Academy.

• The other part of the recording should be your performance. The Academy website gives details of the audition requirements for candidates who attend a live audition (see, and you should follow the published repertoire requirements. Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not required in the recording. Each piece should be recorded in a single take, each take should be at the same recording session. 

Organ candidates: the camera should point at your side so the assessment panel can see you play at the console, and (if possible) the microphone should be put some distance away from the instrument.

Orchestral Percussion candidates must perform every item on the relevant repertoire list (undergraduate or postgraduate).

How to make your video application – DecisionDesk and UCAS Conservatoires

  1. You must first complete a UCAS Conservatoires application, selecting Recording as the audition method. The application deadline for 2018 entry is 2nd October 2017, 6pm UK time to avoid paying the increased fee for submission after that time. The deadline is 1st November for Conducting and Musical Theatre. The Academy will accept UCAS Conservatoires applications for video candidates if the application is completed by 1st November. The deadline for uploading your recordings and video form is 1st November, 6pm UK time. Later entries may be considered at the discretion of the Head of Department: the Academy application fee paid to UCAS Conservatoires will be refunded if a late application is not processed.
  2. Then you must contact to request the Academy's video form, stating your UCAS Conservatoires ID number, the country where you are living, your Principal Study (instrument) and your intended study programme (for example, MA).
  3. Your recordings and your completed video form must be uploaded into DecisionDesk by 1st November. Registration for a DecisionDesk account is free. Recordings uploaded without the video form or without the spoken item will not be processed. Here is the link to DecisionDesk: Accepted file types: doc, docx, mus, pdf, ppt, pptx, rtf, sib, txt, xls, xlsx, gif, jpeg, jpg, png, avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.
  • Recordings uploaded to DecisionDesk after 1st November will only be processed at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department. 
  • In Decision Desk, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded everything you need to provide. After you press 'Submit' your Decision Desk application will be locked.