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.
- Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, one to have been written after 1950, and preferably in a contemporary style. These can be recorded separately. Please upload a copy of your music for the panel.
- For undergraduate candidates who are invited to an interview with the Head of Department, a study (étude) which will be sent separately seven days before the interview.
- For candidates who are invited to an interview with the Head of Department: scales in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately or hands together an octave apart, a sixth apart (right hand begins on tonic) or a tenth apart (left hand begins on tonic). Arpeggios in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately, hands together or divided between the hands, in root position, first and second inversions. Dominant sevenths and diminished sevenths as above. For further information please see grade 8 requirements for Pedal Harp for ABRSM exams www.abrsm.org.
In most cases live harp auditions last around 45 minutes. If you are invited to perform at interview, as time is limited you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.
Harps will be available for auditions held at the Academy: A Lyon & Healy harp will be available in the audition room and a similar model in the warm-up room, though you are welcome to bring your own instrument if you prefer.
If you’re auditioning in one of our international audition centres, please bring your own instrument because unfortunately, we cannot provide harps, and we are unable to advise about nearby harp-hire firms.
The Academy's Master of Arts (MA) programme does not require written work for the audition process.