Choral Conducting audition

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
MA 2 year 8313
MMus 2 year 8311

Choral Conducting auditions for 2020 entry will be held on 13 February and 14 February 2020. The application deadline for entry in September 2020 is 6 January 2020 – please see Application Dates. These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2020.

Auditions take place in London only. Normally all candidates are called to audition and you must attend for a live assessment. We do not pre-screen, or offer auditions by video. Each candidate’s audition will be completed within one day.

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

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2020. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly.

Please learn all four works listed below for the first round.

You will be asked to rehearse one of them with a small choir of Academy students (around 10 to 12 singers) for approximately 12 minutes. Please use the PDF versions available below, these are the editions which the choir will have.

  1. Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
  2. Tomkins I heard a voice
  3. Byrd Cibavit eos
  4. Byrd Venite comedite

The examiners may shorten the audition if they see fit.

Selected students will then be invited to a second round later in the morning and to interview in the afternoon.

For the second round, you will rehearse for 12 minutes a contrasting or complementary piece of your own choice for unaccompanied choir (sacred or secular, in English or Latin) but of a later musical period than Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins. For this you may choose to rehearse the entire work, or train the choir in a portion of it, based on your assessment of the group in the earlier work. Please bring 16 copies.

Your interview may include questions about your experience and prior knowledge of choral repertoire in relation to the course, your career aspirations and outlook, as well as technical and interpretational matters arising from the audition. You will be asked to sight-sing and there will be an assessment of aural ability. The aural tests might involve some or all of the following:
Identification of intervals, identification of how many notes in a chord, identification of a common chord after an unrelated named note has been sounded.


You may also be asked to have an interview with one of the postgraduate programme tutors.

Master of Music (MMus) applications

There are specific requirements for written work to support your application.