Studying in the Historical Performance department will enable you to further your individual musicianship, instrumental technique, knowledge of historical performance practice and artistic creativity.


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.

The auditions will be held during mid-to-late February; the date and time will be confirmed during January through UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply and Track’. You will need to:

  • Prepare a piece of your own choice, of not more than 7 minutes
  • Take part in a group improvisation

This will be followed by an interview.

Written Requirements

You should also send a CV and Personal Statement by email to by the deadline, no later than 18:00 UK time on 17 January 2022.

In your personal statement (c.500 words) please summarise your career to date, and explain your interest in taking this course and how it will support you in your future career.

By applying for this course you will be consenting to the Academy running an Enhanced DBS check to ensure that you are suitable for working with young people and vulnerable adults. Acceptance on the course will be conditional on this being completed satisfactorily.

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