Harp audition

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. 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, harp auditions will last for 45 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

Harps will be available for auditions held at the Academy: A Lyon & Healy harp will be available in the audition room and a similar model in the warm-up room, though you are welcome to bring your own instrument if you prefer. 

If you’re auditioning in one of our international audition centres, please bring your own instrument because unfortunately we cannot provide harps, and we are unable to advise about nearby harp-hire firms.

Audition requirements

  • Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, one to have been written after 1950, and preferably in a contemporary style, PLUS a study (étude) for undergraduate candidates only. Please provide a copy of your music for the panel.
  • Scales in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately or hands together an octave apart, a sixth apart (right hand begins on tonic) or a tenth apart (left hand begins on tonic). Arpeggios in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately, hands together or divided between the hands, in root position, first and second inversions. Dominant sevenths and diminished sevenths as above. For further information please see grade 8 requirements for ABRSM exams www.abrsm.org.
  • Sight reading.


Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

UCAS Conservatoires course codes
Gap Year 102F
BMus 302F

To help us stream you into the most appropriate classes you may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take some aural skills assessments 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.
Sorry, we cannot issue specimen tests. 

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 903F
Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301

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


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