Strings audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2018. 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 for application details.

The precise format for auditions will be different according to your Principal Study. 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.

In addition to the requirements below you may also be given sight reading in your audition.

Violin: Undergraduates
First movement (with cadenza) of a concerto by Haydn or Mozart and a contrasting piece. Before the audition date you will also receive a short technical study which you may be asked to perform.

Violin: Postgraduates
First movement of a major post–1800 concerto and a contrasting piece.

Viola and Cello
First movement of a major concerto and a contrasting piece.

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

Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Gap Year 102F
BMus 302F

You may be asked to take some aural skills tests, 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.

Written assessment
You will be required to take a 50-minute written paper including harmonisation of a melody and a short essay question of a general musical nature. You will be permitted to use a printed dictionary. Sorry, we cannot issue specimen papers.

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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