For 2021 entry, all studies are assessed online.

The following studies have a video first round (the upload deadlines are given below), and then a live recall; the exact recall dates will be confirmed later:

Scholarships

Candidates auditioning by video are considered for an entrance scholarship in the same way as a candidate auditioning in person.

Other important information

Please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application by 1 October 2020, 6pm UK time, except for orchestral Conducting and Musical Theatre which have an application deadline of 1 November, and for Choral Conducting which has an application deadline of 6 January 2021. If you have missed your deadline, we may still be able to accept a late application.

Your recordings must be uploaded by 16 November 2020, 9am UK time, except for Musical Theatre (upload deadline is 27 November 2020), and Choral Conducting (upload deadline is 6 January 2021). Please see our guidance below for preparing and uploading your recordings.

  • 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.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to talk to academic staff, their Head of Department and senior staff at the Academy about their plans and ambitions, and to ask us questions of any kind. This will allow us to get to know you and discover how best you can thrive and flourish as a fulfilled and successful professional musician in modern times.

Applicants will also be able to take virtual tours of the building, view presentations from Heads of Department, and attend webinars with our Admissions and Financial Awards Team, current students and other staff at the Academy.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at admissions@ram.ac.uk.

Your video application should include a spoken English item 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. This should be a separate recording, not part of your audition performance.

Your performance

Please look in the ‘Courses’ or 'Audition' section on your department’s page of the website for details of the audition requirements (see https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/departments).

You should follow the published repertoire requirements. However, sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not needed in the recording. A 'piece' can be a movement rather than a complete work (for example, one movement from a sonata).

Accompanied pieces should be performed with an accompaniment, this can be a "minus-one track" if you are unable to get an accompanist.

Please see our advice (the 'Easy Guide') below for preparing and uploading your video recordings. 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.

Timpani & Percussion candidates

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

Jazz candidates

For the 2021 repertoire items, please refer to the Jazz Audition Requirements on www.ram.ac.uk/study/de...

  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. 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.
  3. In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded all your files and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything. Postgraduate candidates - remember the items of written work if those are required for your course.

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

You will receive the decision soon as possible after your application assessment has been completed, this normally will be no later than Christmas for most studies.

A smartphone, tablet or similar device is perfect for recording your audition. The video quality is better than most camcorders, provided the device is placed at an appropriate distance from the performer – around two to three metres is ideal. Ensure that the lighting is sufficient as poor lighting and unsuitable placement of the camera/microphone are the two most common problems when filming an audition. Prop your device up on a music stand or book, or get a cheap tripod and an iPhone clip.

The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your audition recording.

It is good to record in a large room, if possible, without too much reverberation (echo), and find as quiet an environment as possible. Turn the TV off, turn off computer notifications, silence your phone (use airplane mode), close all the apps that are running at the background, and shut the windows. Nothing kills a self-tape more than car alarms or sirens!

Try some test recordings first, to see if it is better to have the phone in a different place in the room.

Usually the microphone is on the back of the phone, point that towards you for the recording. You can check this in the phone’s user guide, normally this is available online. An external microphone for your recording, if you have one, will help improve the quality of the audio.

Make sure you have plenty of space on your phone, for example you may need to download photos and videos onto a computer or into cloud storage: remember that for most auditions the audition video has to be a single ‘take’ – straight through with no cuts or edits. Please check the ‘Courses’ section on your department’s page of the website, as this will tell you if you can record your items separately. You can find this by going to Study > Departments > *your department* (e.g. Brass) > Courses

The performance element of your video submission must be in one take i.e. not edited and with no breaks between items. However, individual items (pieces/movements) can be recorded separately if the possibility of recording the audition in one take is affected by circumstances beyond your control - such as availability of an accompanist - unless the department audition guidance specifies that you have to submit a one-take recording. All recordings must be recent/current. All accompanied works should have the appropriate accompaniment in your recording. This can be a “minus one” track, you do not need to hire an accompanist for your audition recording.

Watch your recording before uploading to be sure there were no technical problems. Whether using a backing track or a live accompanist, please ensure it looks and sounds good and that the balance is right.

But most importantly please remember that the audition panel are not assessing the quality of your recording, only the quality of your performance.

Late submissions

Recordings uploaded after the deadline stated above will 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.

Video auditions