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.
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.
The precise format for auditions will vary slightly according to your Principal Study. In most cases auditions will last around 20 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece. This is to allow the panel time to have a brief chat with you. There is no requirement to perform from memory in your audition. However please do not place the music stand in a way that blocks our view of your playing. Candidates are encouraged to be innovative and inclusive in their approach to the repertoire they perform; the panel welcomes hearing pieces by under-represented composers.
First movement (with cadenza) of a Classical concerto, suggested composers include Haydn, Mozart, Hoffmeister and Stamitz. Other composers’ works, if chosen, should be of this period. In addition, a contrasting piece of your own choice.
If you are invited to a Programme Assessment, you may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take some aural skills assessments consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:
- singing the middle notes in a chord
- identification of intervals
- sight reading of rhythms
- sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped.
Sorry, we cannot issue specimen tests.
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