The Piano Faculty attracts talented students from all over the world, making it one of the Academy’s most diverse and exciting departments.

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.

Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Team Team [or admissions@ram.ac.uk] or the department administrator [or keyboard@ram.ac.uk] if you have any queries.

This year auditions are by video.

16 November: extended deadline to upload videos into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page.

You should offer a free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire) with a minimum of two works, and your programme should be 20 minutes long, in one take.

Once candidates’ audition videos have been reviewed by the Head of Piano and the piano panel, some candidates will be recalled for Zoom interviews.

Your audition video can include movements rather than complete works (ie a movement of a sonata), and should show a wide diversity of character and style, as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. We suggest including music in a classical or Baroque style; a romantic work; and something 20th century or contemporary.

Please note: Your programme should be played from memory, though complex contemporary music may be played from the score.

Along with your video of around 20 minutes, please include a list of all works played in your programme, written work and your Spoken English item (detailed on the video auditions page)

You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload your audition recording, the list of all the works in your programme, written work (see below) and your Spoken English item. To upload your files into the Acceptd portal, you can find guidance on our video auditions page.

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.

Specialist Proposal

You must complete this proposal document if you are applying for the Professional Diploma, UCAS Conservatoires course code 903F. Please upload this proposal into your Acceptd profile after you have completed your UCAS Conservatoires application. See our video audition page for more information.

Specialist proposal document (WORD doc)

If you are having issues downloading this document please contact us at admissions@ram.ac.uk

Professional Diploma Specialist Proposal

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 will consider individual applications for other specialisms.

Open Days

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