Audition

We hold auditions in London, North America, Asia and Australia.

All programmes are auditioned in London. If applying for an audition outside London, please check that your programme is auditioned in the location in question before starting your application. Further information can be found here

We audition in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Taiwan.

Application deadlines
Audition dates

Travel

Information on how to get to the Academy can be found here.

If you do not hold an EU or EEA passport and are travelling here from outside the UK, you will probably need to have a Visitor visa to attend the audition.

If you will need an invitation letter from the Academy to get this visa, please contact admissions@ram.ac.uk. A letter will be issued after we have received your complete application including payment of the application fee, and it will be sent to you by International Recorded Delivery. If you request courier delivery, you will need to pay the Academy the delivery charge for this.

We regret we are not able to support visa applications for travel to New York or our East Asia audition centres. For detailed information on immigration procedures for study at the Academy, please see our separate section on Immigration advice.

What to expect

Auditions will normally last 20 to 30 minutes. You will also be given practice time, at least 20 minutes usually immediately before your audition. We are not able to offer additional practice facilities before the allocated warm-up time; commercial providers of practice facilities in London can be found in the section below.

You may be given sight-reading or quick study tests. Instrumentalists may be asked to play scales and arpeggios to ABRSM Grade 8 standard. Specific audition requirements can be found on department pages.

To help us stream undergraduate (Bachelor degree, Gap Year, Organ Foundation) candidates into the most appropriate classes they may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take 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.

The whole audition process is normally completed in one day, though Opera and Musical Theatre candidates may be asked to return for recalls.

Accompanists

You are strongly advised to bring your own accompanist if you require one. Piano Accompaniment candidates will need to bring their own soloist.

The Academy does provide a pool of accompanists for the London auditions in December, and an accompanist is normally available at our New York auditions.

There is no charge for using an Academy accompanist, and you will be allocated a short rehearsal with them in your warm-up time immediately before your audition.

We cannot arrange additional rehearsal time before the audition date, allocate accompanists in advance, or receive music copies in advance; please remember that technically challenging accompaniments can be difficult to master in the warm-up slot that will precede your audition.

Access requirements

If you have indicated that you have access requirements in order to attend the audition, the Registry will normally contact you before the audition to find out how we can assist you.

The Academy ensures that people with disabilities or other access requirements are not put to any disadvantage, and are not treated any less favourably than other students, staff and members of the public.

Information disclosed to the Academy by students or staff will be treated in confidence and every effort will be made to meet individuals' needs within the Academy.

Commercial practice facilities providers

  • Jaques Samuel Pianos Ltd
    142 Edgware Road, Marble Arch, London W2 2DZ  
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7723 8818
  • Peregrine’s Pianos
    137A Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8TU
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7242 9865 
  • Kafri Studios
    Arch 357 Laburnum Street, London E2 8BB
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 8616 0233 or mobile +44 (0)7828 254458
    info@kafristudios.co.uk
  • Craxton Studios
    14 Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7435 2965
  • The Music Studios
    29 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NQ 
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7486 0025
    info@themusicstudios.co.uk 

Also see London Rehearsal Studios for other suggestions.