Strings audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2021.

These requirements have been updated in May 2020 for the new round of auditions. If you have started preparing for your audition based on the specification from last year or if you have any other questions please contact the Registry or the department administrator. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/apply for application details.

Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly.

The precise format for auditions will vary slightly according to your Principal Study. In most cases auditions will last around 20 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece. This is to allow the panel time to have a brief chat with you. There is no requirement to perform from memory in your audition.

You can find some audition advice from Jo Cole, Head of Strings, on our website.

Violin, Viola and Cello: Undergraduates
First movement (with cadenza) of a Classical concerto, suggested composers include Haydn, Mozart, Hoffmeister and Stamitz. Other composers’ works, if chosen, should be of this period. In addition, a contrasting piece of your own choice. There may also be a short sight-reading test.

Double Bass: Undergraduates
One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts of your own choice. There may also be a short sight-reading test.

Violin, Viola and Cello: Postgraduates
First movement of a major post–1800 concerto and a contrasting piece of your own choice.

Double Bass: Postgraduates
One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts of your own choice.

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
Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301

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

 

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