Woodwind 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.

The precise format for auditions will be different according to your Principal Study. In most cases auditions for oboe, saxophone and bassoon will last for 20 minutes. Flute and clarinet auditions normally use a two-round system [first round then a recall] with a morning session and an afternoon session, and the recall will be in the same session as the first round. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

Audition requirements for all Woodwind

  • Two contrasting pieces of your own choice.
  • You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard – except for flute candidates, whose scale requirements are detailed below.
  • You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Flute candidates (undergraduate and postgraduate) scales and arpeggios
Major, minor (harmonic and melodic) extended scales (i.e. start on the requested tonic and go up to top A, A sharp, B flat or B and down to D, D flat, C sharp or C and then back to the tonic) and their extended arpeggios, to be played from memory.

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).



Academy success at John Fussell Trust Award


Bassoonist Angharad Elin Thomas is winner; trumpeter also Jason Lewis also amongst finalists