Historical Performance audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2019. 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 and the 'Your Audition' page for additional information. 

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. We also have a fortepiano at A=430 which can be made available; please contact admissions@ram.ac.uk at least two weeks before the audition if you will need the fortepiano, or 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 New York audition centre does not have a harpsichord or fortepiano, and we cannot guarantee that either instrument will be available at our Chicago centre.

Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Gap Year 102F
Bachelor of Music 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
Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301

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

Next Event

Historical Performance Masterclass with Laurence Cummings

19.06.201910:00am, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Laurence Cummings works with chamber groups from the Historical Performance Department on a range of Baroque repertoire.