All studies are auditioned in London, and video auditions can be done instead of a live audition for most principal studies.

The following are not eligible for video audition:

  • Opera
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Choral Conducting


Candidates auditioning by video are considered for an entrance scholarship in the same way as candidates who audition in person in London.

Video auditions

Other important information

  • 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.
  • Master of Music or Professional Diploma performance candidates should include their written work (see Written Requirements) with the uploaded recordings.
  • Exchange and Study Abroad candidates have separate guidance on our Exchanges page.

Your video application should include a spoken English section PLUS your performance. Please note, recordings uploaded without the spoken item will not be processed.

Your spoken item

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

Your performance

Please look at the appropriate department's page on the website for details of the audition requirements for candidates who attend a live audition (see

You should follow the published repertoire requirements. However, sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not needed in the recording.

Your whole audition programme should be recorded in a single take as if you are in a live audition, with no editing and no breaks between items. However, the spoken item should be recorded separately.

Organ candidates

Please point the camera at your side so the assessment panel can see you play at the console, and (if possible) place the microphone some distance away from the instrument.

Orchestral percussion candidates

Please perform every item on the relevant repertoire list (undergraduate or postgraduate).

Jazz candidates

The recordings should include a performance of one tune from each list in the audition requirements, plus a performance of an original composition by you including part of the rehearsal process leading up to the performance. We do not accept audio-only recordings.

  1. When you complete your UCAS Conservatoires application, select Recording as the audition method. Application details can be found on the How to Apply page.
  2. Please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application by 1 October 2020, 6pm UK time. For Conducting and Musical Theatre, the application deadline is 1 November.
  3. Recordings must be uploaded by 9am UK time on 19 October 2020. [The upload deadline is 1 November 2020 for Conducting and 27 November 2020 for Musical Theatre.]
  4. We use Acceptd as our portal for uploading media and documents. There is useful guidance on the Acceptd help page and registration for an Acceptd account is free.
  5. In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded your files and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything. After you press Submit, your Acceptd application will be locked.

You may be contacted for a video interview after your recordings have been assessed so please include your Skype ID in your Acceptd profile.

Late submissions

Recordings uploaded after the deadline stated in 'How to make your video application' will only be processed at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department. If a late application is not processed, the Academy application fee paid to UCAS Conservatoires will be refunded.