Studying at the Academy

Thousands of successful musicians started their careers at the Academy: household names from Sir Simon Rattle to Sir Elton John, and countless others who make their living in every branch of the music profession. We can't wait to see who's next.

Deciding where to study is an important decision. We're sure that you'll have a lot of questions – if this website doesn't answer them all, please don't hesitate to contact us.

If you're applying from the EU, you can read our statement about Brexit by visiting the Academy and the EU webpage.

Explore our courses

If you're interested in studying at the Academy but are not sure which course would be right for you, try our course finder.

Open Days

Open Days are the perfect way to discover more about the Academy and whether it’s the right place for you.

Find out practical information about the application process, finances and career development on the Open Days Home.

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Prospectus 2023/24

Discover all you need to know about our community and how you can become a part of it.

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Discover all you need to know about our community and how you can become a part of it.

How to apply


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Talent. Work ethic. Potential. These are the three elements we're looking for in every application we receive. If you meet the entry requirements, we want to hear from you.

Talent. Work ethic. Potential. These are the three elements we're looking for in every application we receive. If you meet the entry requirements, we want to hear from you.

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Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

Joining us from overseas?

For our overseas applicants, in-person auditions aren't always possible. Find out how else you can audition for your place at the Academy.

Meet your mentor

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Your professor will be one of the most significant musical influences of your life. We know how vital it is to find someone who brings out the best in you.

Your professor will be one of the most significant musical influences of your life. We know how vital it is to find someone who brings out the best in you.

Meet our Senior Management Team


Our Senior Management is responsible for every aspect of the smooth day-to-day running of the institution.

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Our Senior Management is responsible for every aspect of the smooth day-to-day running of the institution.