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Due to COVID-19 first round auditions will now be by video, for details about this please see the video audition section of the website.

Submitting your Portfolio

The deadline for the Academy to receive your portfolio is 1 October 2020.

Your portfolio should be uploaded into Acceptd: www.app.getacceptd.com/royalacademyofmusic

Scores should be uploaded in PDF format. Please note that after you have pressed Submit it is not possible to add or amend files.

Portfolios uploaded after 1 October may be processed at the discretion of the Head of Composition.

Portfolio guidelines: There is no maximum number of works, but we suggest you only submit your best and most recent work. If available, a short programme note can be included for the pieces in the portfolio, but this is not compulsory. There are no style constraints. The panel will be looking for evidence of technical accomplishment with regard to musical construction and a creative, individual and inventive musical voice.

Assessment process

  • Round One: The portfolios (see below) are assessed by the Composition department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy. You will be informed around the beginning of November whether you have been selected for interview.
  • Round Two: The interviews for the selected candidates will take place during the main audition period in London in December, and you should attend at the allocated time. If you live outside the UK and are unable to travel to London for interview, please select Video Interview in your UCAS Conservatoires application. We will arrange a video link during the December audition session. However, if you are applying for transfer to year 2 or year 3 of the BMus programme, you will need to attend a live interview in London.

Composition: MA, MMus and Prof Dip requirements

Portfolio: You should send at least three pieces written for a variety of forces. Please submit a PDF score of each item and (where possible) a recording.

Open Days

We launched our first-ever Virtual Open Days in September 2020. Check out all our content here: ram.ac.uk/opendays