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.
The UCAS Conservatoires application deadline is 1st November.
First Round assessments: 09:00 UK time on 16 November
Orchestral Conducting candidates should upload their video by 0900 UK time on 16 November, and also upload into Acceptd a biography, curriculum vitae, and video recordings of at least two contrasting pieces, totalling between 15 and 30 minutes overall, filmed from the players' view of the conductor. You can conduct a piano arrangement if you are unable to fix an ensemble.
The quality of the recording does not need to be perfect, but the works shown should each start from the beginning with no cuts or other editing. The recordings can include some rehearsal as well as the actual performance.
Please upload the files to Acceptd, all candidates need to select "Masters Conducting, Orchestral" as the Program. Please note that after you have pressed Submit it is not possible to add or amend files. The recordings will only be assessed if there is also a complete UCAS Conservatoires application.
The recordings are assessed by the Conducting department entry panel. This is the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by a performance candidate to a panel at the Academy.
Second Round assessments: 18 and 19 February 2021 - two-day session
Second Round assessments: these live assessments are planned to be the Royal Academy of Music in London. The selected candidates are expected to be available for both dates.
You will be informed around the middle of January whether you have been selected for the second round live assessment and the exact starting time will be confirmed in UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply and Track’. The repertoire list will be sent to all selected candidates at this point; you should prepare all items, and the section/s you conduct in each stage will be selected by the auditioning panel at the time of the audition.
You should attend at the allocated time on the first day; you will be given aural tests, and will conduct a small wind orchestra. There will also be an interview with the panel, the day's assessments are expected to be complete no later than 7pm.
Candidates selected to proceed after these assessments will be contacted via email by around 9pm at the latest. If you are selected, on the following morning you will have a conducting session with two pianos and there may be a further short interview. These assessments are expected to be complete no later than 3pm.
You do not need to perform on piano or other instruments for your audition.
Your official result will be notified through UCAS Conservatoires Track after the Selection Board has met, following the end of the two days of assessments.
Master of Arts (MA) - there are no written requirements required to support your application.