Video recordings

Who can apply by video?

  • The Academy will accept video performances instead of a live audition for most Principal Studies. 
  • However you are not normally eligible to apply by video if you live in Europe, or (except Musical Theatre candidates) if you live in North America or East Asia.
  • The Academy is unable to accept video applications for Opera, Répétiteur, Choral Conducting, Musical Direction, Advanced Diploma, CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership or Research degrees, or candidates applying to transfer to Year 2 or Year 3 of the BMus degree.
  • Conducting (orchestral) candidates submit a pre-screening video but must attend a live audition if selected. Please see the guidance on the Conducting audition page.
  • Composition candidates should consult the guidance on the Composition application page for information about their portfolio submission.
  • Candidates auditioning by video for the Master of Music degree or Professional Diploma should include their written work.
  • Please note that if you audition by video recording, you will not normally be eligible for an entrance scholarship. 
  • Study Abroad or Exchange candidates have separate guidance on our Incoming Exchanges web page. 

How to prepare your recording 

A video application includes a spoken English section PLUS your performance. Recordings uploaded without the spoken item will not be processed. 

Your spoken item must be presented in English. First identify yourself by your name, and then say something about your musical background and the training you have had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying for your chosen programme of study at the Academy.

• The other part of the recording should be your performance. The Academy website gives details of the audition requirements for candidates who attend a live audition (see, and you should follow the published repertoire requirements. Sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not required in the recording. Each piece should be recorded in a single take, each take should be at the same recording session. 

Organ candidates: the camera should point at your side so the assessment panel can see you play at the console, and (if possible) the microphone should be put some distance away from the instrument.

Orchestral Percussion candidates must perform every item on the relevant repertoire list (undergraduate or postgraduate).

How to make your video application – Acceptd and UCAS Conservatoires

  1. You must complete a UCAS Conservatoires application, selecting Recording as the audition method. The application deadline for 2018 entry is 2nd October 2017, 6pm UK time to avoid paying the increased fee for submission after that time. The deadline is 1st November for Conducting and Musical Theatre. The Academy will accept UCAS Conservatoires applications for video candidates if the application is completed by 1st November.
  2. We use Acceptd as the portal for uploading media and documents: There is useful guidance on the Acceptd help page. Your recordings must be uploaded into Acceptd by 1st November. Registration for an Acceptd account is free. 
  • Recordings uploaded after 1st November will only be processed at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department. The Academy application fee paid to UCAS Conservatoires will be refunded if a late application is not processed.
  • In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded everything and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything. After you submit, your Acceptd application will be locked.