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Audition
requirements

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.

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2021. 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 percussion@ram.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Auditions for the Percussion department are held in London. We regret it may not be possible to audition candidates for Timpani & Percussion at our other centres because of limitations at the host venues.

In London the auditions will last for 30 minutes (undergraduate) or 45 minutes (postgraduate). As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

Postgraduate students may opt to specialise in timpani only or percussion only, however the audition requires you to perform the timpani repertoire and also the percussion repertoire detailed below.

These instruments will be available at the London auditions:

Percussion

  • Adams 4 Octave Xylophone
  • Musser 3 Octave ProVibe
  • Yamaha 5 Octave Marimba
  • Pearl Philharmonic 14x5 Side Drum

Timpani

  • Ludwig Pro Symphonic and Premier timpani, for the candidate to choose pedals of their choice.

Requirements

Timpani

These are all available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott.

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, movement 4

R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Big Waltz)

Hindemith: Sinfonische Metamorphosen, Turandot Scherzo

Percussion

Xylophone

Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

(available in the Goldenberg book: xylophone part only)

Gershwin: Porgy & Bess

(available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Hindemith: Kammermusik, Movements 1 & 4

(available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Vibraphone

Bernstein: Cool, West Side Story (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott)

Side Drum

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Movements 3 & 4 (available in “Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions”, Schott

Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol, Movements 3 & 4 (available in Hathway, Snare drum book)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol (available in the Goldenberg book)

Suppé: Pique Dame (available in the Goldenberg book)

A piece of your own choice on either Xylophone, Marimba or Vibraphone.

Professional Diploma written work

The aim of the Professional Diploma is to provide a platform for specialist professional development which will allow you to follow a particular area of focus within or connected to your Principal Study.

Please prepare a Specialist Proposal which outlines your chosen particular specialism and your intended individual intended learning outcomes for the programme. Please bring your written work with you to your audition (interview for composers) and hand it to your panel steward. If you are a performer applying by video, you should upload the written work to Acceptd with your recordings: see our video audition page for more information.

Professional Diploma Specialist Proposal

You must complete a proposal document if you are applying for the Professional Diploma, UCAS Conservatoires course code 903F. Please bring this proposal with you to your audition/interview. If you are a performance candidate auditioning by video, your proposal should be uploaded into Acceptd.

The aim of the Professional Diploma is to provide a platform for specialist professional development which will allow you to follow a particular area of focus within or connected to your Principal Study.

There are several areas in which we recognise particular needs:

  • Vocal Studies students looking to specialise in opera (Pre-opera)
  • Historical Performance
  • Change of discipline (for example Piano to Piano Accompaniment)
  • Related instrument specialisms
  • Chamber Music [to be explored in detail at approval]
  • New Music
  • Compositional specialisms (e.g. working with other media)
  • Special repertoire projects
  • Collaborative Recording Production

This is not an exhaustive list and we could consider individual applications for other specialisms.

Please provide below a one-page proposal outlining your chosen particular specialism and your chosen particular specialism and your intended individual intended learning outcomes for the programme.

Please set out the one-page proposal as thus:

YOUR NAME:

PRINCIPAL STUDY:

UCAS Conservatoires Personal ID NUMBER:

Your Proposal:

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