Piano audition

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.

The precise format for auditions will be different according to your Principal Study. As time is limited for some auditions, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece; there will also be a short interview, where you will be asked about the music you have played, and any particular interests you have.

Audition requirements: Piano

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Undergraduate Gap Year 102F
Undergraduate Bachelor of Music 302F
Postgraduate Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Postgraduate Master of Music 1 year 807F / 2 year 805F
Postgraduate Professional Diploma 903F
Postgraduate Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301

You should offer a free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire), with a minimum of three works.

Undergraduates: the programme should be 20–40 minutes long;
Postgraduates: the programme should be 40–60 minutes long.

Your programme can include movements of works, and should show a wide diversity of character and style, as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. We suggest you include music in a Baroque style; classical repertoire; and romantic music. 20th century and contemporary music is also encouraged. The audition panel will select from your programme within the time limits available, but you may specify one work which you particularly wish to perform.

Please note: Your programme should be played from memory, though complex contemporary music may be played from the score. You do not need to send your repertoire list to the Academy before your audition.

London auditions
Your audition with the panel will last for 20 minutes. The audition panel will select from your programme within the time limits available, but you may specify one work which you particularly wish to perform.

See below for other general requirements for Bachelor, Gap Year and Postgraduate candidates.

Audition requirements: Piano Accompaniment

Please note this is offered at postgraduate level only

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:

Master of Arts 1 yr 700F / 2 yr 702F, Master of Music 1 yr 807F / 2 yr 805F, Professional Diploma 903F, Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F, Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301.

Repertoire

You should prepare a programme (minimum 20 minutes) of songs and/or instrumental works, that also includes a short, technically demanding solo work.

There will be a sight-reading test. 

Soloists

You are expected to provide your own soloist/s for the audition.

If you are unable to provide a soloist and are auditioning in London, please contact the Academy Registry at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of our London audition session.

The Academy will provide soloists with no charge for the following programme, and you will be able to rehearse with the soloists in the 30 minutes directly preceding your audition:

  • Beethoven: ‘Spring’ Sonata in F major op.24 for violin and piano, first movement
  • Brahms: Von ewiger Liebe, in C sharp minor (high key)
  • Debussy: Green, in G flat major (high key)

If you do not wish to perform the set programme listed above, the Academy will endeavour to provide a soloist/s for your specified repertoire. Please note, this will incur a fee of £50 per soloist, and will include a 30-minute rehearsal; extra rehearsal can be arranged with the soloist for £30 per hour. You should transfer the payment in advance to the Academy’s bank account as follows:

Lloyds Bank
185 Baker Street
London
NW1 6XB

Account name: The Royal Academy of Music HEFCE Account
Account number: 01372241
Branch Sort Code: 30-90-39
IBAN: GB02 LOYD 3090 3901 3722 41
BIC / SWIFT: LOYDGB21135

Reference: Your name, 'audition'

Though we will make every effort to accomodate your requests, it may not be possible to provide a suitable soloist for less familar repertoire. 

We regret we cannot provide soloists if your chosen audition centre is not London.

See below for other general requirements for postgraduate candidates.

Audition requirements: Répétiteurs

(Professional Diploma only)

UCAS Conservatoires course code: 909F

See Royal Academy Opera / Répétiteur auditions.

Other requirements for Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

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.

Other requirements for Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) candidates

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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