Ready to audition? We’d love to hear you perform and learn more about what makes you tick musically
We’re here to seek out the promise of today and create the virtuosos of tomorrow – the audition process helps us to do that. Everyone is assessed who makes a complete on-time application.
We know it might seem daunting, but we’re very approachable! It’s not so much about what you already know as what we think you’re capable of achieving, and whether we can help you on that journey. It’s also a chance for you to find out if we’re the right fit for you.
In this section, you can find out more about dates, and what to do for your audition.
'My Academy audition was such a positive experience. The staff and students were so welcoming – they really made me feel like I would be part of a family.'Julie
For more information about specific audition requirements, such as the kind of pieces you should play (or present if you are a composer), please take a look at the relevant Department page and on our video auditions page.
Remember also to create your Acceptd profile after you've made your UCAS Conservatoires application. Advice on how to do this is also included in our Department pages.
Candidates are recruited on the basis of their musical abilities and potential. We welcome enquiries and applications from students with disabilities.
Whether you have learning difficulties, mobility problems or a long-term health condition, we want you to feel that you have the support you need to audition at the Academy.
How to tell us about a disability
When filling out your UCAS Conservatoires application, please let us know of any disabilities by using the drop-down menu on the form.
After your application has been processed, the Academy Registry will contact you before the audition to find out how we can assist you.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch by email email@example.com.
Please be assured that information disclosed to the Academy will be treated in confidence and every effort will be made to meet your needs within the Academy.
For more information, read our access policy.
For details of our equality policy, please see our equality section.
Dates, locations and fees
For 2024 entry we are offering in-person auditions in London and New York, and video auditions for candidates unable to travel to our audition centres. Guidance for submitting video applications is in the section on video auditions.
Application deadlines are in the Your Application section.
All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether or not they choose a video or live audition.
|Main auditions||These will be on weekdays during the period Monday 4 December to Friday 15 December 2023.|
|Composition interviews||Monday 4 to Friday 8 December 2023. (Portfolio submission deadline 2 October 2023)|
|Orchestral Conducting (second round)||February 2024. (First round video submission deadline 15 November 2023)|
|Choral Conducting (second round)||February 2024 (First round video submission deadline 8 January 2024, midday UK time)|
|CPD: Creative Music Leadership||Mid-to-late February. (First round document deadline 19 January 2024, midday UK time)|
|Répétiteur||Recalls in March 2024. (First round video submission by 19 January 2024, midday UK time)|
|MPhil/PhD (interviews)||March 2024|
|Musical Theatre||Recalls in April 2024|
The information below is relevant for 2024 entry .
Academy auditions are held at a host venue in New York in late February 2024 for most of our courses.
However, some studies are only auditioned in London or by video - these are shown in the list below and you will need to apply by the relevant deadline for a London audition or video application:
- Choral Conducting
- Research degrees
Musical Theatre auditions are only available in London and New York, or by video.
It may not be possible to audition candidates for Harp, Percussion, Organ or Historical Performance at our host venue, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org before completing your UCAS Conservatoires application. Don’t worry, though, video auditions are another option for these subjects.
Details of how to apply and what to perform (or present if you are a composer) can be found in the in the 'Audition Requirements' area of the relevant Department pages, and on our video auditions page.
The application deadline for New York is;
8 January 2024 at 12.00 midday UK time - this is for your UCAS Conservatoires application, and also your Acceptd portal application profile including referee contact details, spoken English introduction video, and any written requirements required for your course choice.
Please consult our Candidate Guide to Acceptd.
All candidates must create an Acceptd profile for their in-person audition, in addition to the UCAS Conservatoires application. The Acceptd profile does not need to include any recordings, as we are not pre-screening. Please note that Musical Theatre has separate requirements.
If you do not have an EEA or Swiss passport you will probably need a visitor visa to attend an audition in London.
We are happy to help with the process and can provide an invitation letter to support your application. Please contact email@example.com if you have completed your UCAS Conservatoires application and wish to travel to the Academy. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether they audition in person or by video.
Unfortunately, we are not able to support visa applications for audition venues outside the UK.
For information about visas for study, see Visas and Immigration.
The Academy assesses every person who applies on time, and we receive around 2,500 applications each year. The assessments, whether in-person or via a pre-recorded video, are processed by our Admissions Team and then assessed by several people, depending on how far they progress. The fee covers the costs of those staff. Details about the fees you need to pay are published on the Apply to the Academy page, in the "Application fees" section.
We offer application fee waivers, along with travel fee waivers when we’re holding in-person auditions – you can find out how to apply for a fee waiver here (see "Application fee waivers").
What to expect
We want you to feel prepared for your audition, so here’s all you need to know about what to expect on the day, and what happens afterwards.
'From my first audition, the atmosphere at the Academy drew me in. It was so inspiring, warm and welcoming. I got such a wonderful feeling, I just knew I wanted to study here.'Leila
Approach the audition like a concert – arrive in good time, make sure you have everything you will need and dress comfortably. Formal concert dress is not required.
Be prepared – if you’re not ready, it might be better to wait a year.
Try to enjoy yourself – we want you to do your best.
Put the audition in perspective. Whatever the outcome, the world is big and the possibilities endless if you have ability and perseverance.
Playing from memory is not essential, but try not to be ‘glued’ to your music.
It’s a good idea to practise walking in, settling down, and tuning up, and playing in unfamiliar settings in front of friends and family.
November and December are cold months - we recommend you wear gloves on the way here.
Make sure you are not dehydrated or hungry before your audition.
On the day, tune carefully, but try not to take up too much of your audition time tuning up.
The Academy has a pool of accompanists for auditions in London. There is no charge for using an Academy accompanist, and you will be allocated a rehearsal with them in your warm-up time immediately before your audition.
Ensemble Piano candidates should consult the Ensemble Piano audition page for guidance.
Please note, it’s not possible for us to arrange additional rehearsal time before the audition date, allocate accompanists in advance, or receive music copies in advance.
We do not require advance notice of your programme, but if you are not bringing standard repertoire please remember that technically challenging accompaniments can be difficult to master in the rehearsal time allocated before your audition.
When you arrive for your audition, you will be given practice time, usually at least 20 minutes immediately before your audition. If you would like more practice time beforehand, here is a list of commercial practice facilities in London:
- 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
- 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
Also see London Rehearsal Studios for other suggestions.
Audition results will be displayed in your UCAS Conservatoires Hub as soon as possible at the end of the audition session. For our main auditions in December, results are usually available before Christmas.
Understanding your offer
The most common offer made by the Academy is GC (guaranteed conditional), which means that your offer is guaranteed if you meet certain requirements.
Another offer we might make is VC (reserve conditional), which means you are in a reserve pool and that we will contact you if we can convert to a full (GC) offer. This will usually be in spring, and normally no later than the first weeks of the Summer term, though it may be later for Jazz and Musical Theatre candidates.
You can find more details about UCAS offer codes and what they mean here.