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Audition
requirements

Due to COVID-19, if your application requires an audition, the first round will now be by video. For further details please see the video audition section.

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2022. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Team or the department administrator if you have any queries.

This year, all studies are initially assessed by video recording.

29 October, 4pm UK time: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken item) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. Also see the deadline information on Your Application.

Following the first round submission, applicants may be invited to attend online Programme Assessments where they can discuss their suitability for their course with Academy staff. Heads of Department may also invite applicants to discuss their application further, either live or online, and to have the opportunity to perform live should they wish to travel to the Academy. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether or not they are invited to an interview or live audition.

There are different requirements for Flute - please see below.

Woodwind [except Flute] requirements

  • Please upload two contrasting pieces of your own choice.

A piece can be a single movement, for example from a concerto, sonata or suite. Pieces should be performed with accompaniment (unless written to be performed as a solo item). Each audition repertoire item can be uploaded as a separate unedited video, or you can upload them both as a single take if you wish.

You may be contacted for a video interview after your recordings have been assessed, the interview may contain these items:

  • You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard.
  • You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Flute only requirements

  • Please upload two contrasting pieces of your own choice.

A piece can be a single movement, for example from a concerto, sonata or suite. Pieces should be performed with accompaniment (unless written to be performed as a solo item). Each audition repertoire item can be uploaded as a separate unedited video, or you can upload them both as a single take if you wish.

You may be contacted for a video interview after your recordings have been assessed, the interview may contain these items:

  • You may be asked to play major, minor (harmonic and melodic) extended scales (i.e. start on the requested tonic and go up to top A, A sharp, B flat or B and down to D, D flat, C sharp or C and then back to the tonic) and their extended arpeggios, these are to be played from memory.
  • You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Written Work

The Academy's Master of Arts (MA) programme does not require written work for the audition process.

Open Days

Our Virtual Open Days are back again in September. Check out all our content on the Open Days Hub.