Studying in the Historical Performance department will enable you to further your individual musicianship, instrumental technique, knowledge of historical performance practice and artistic creativity.

Audition
requirements

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.

Historical Performance audition

In most cases auditions will last around 20 minutes. As time is limited for some auditions, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Historical Performance requirements

Please prepare two or three contrasting pieces of your own choice, the total time should be between eight and ten minutes of music. The pieces can be recorded as separate videos.

In your spoken item, please tell us about your choice of audition repertoire, what is special about the music, how does it suit your playing and musical taste, and what are some of the decisions you have made in arriving at the performance. Please also upload a written statement with details of about your musical background and the training you’ve had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying for your chosen course at the Academy.

The Historical Performance auditions in London have a harpsichord tuned to A=415. We also have a fortepiano at A=430 which can be made available; please contact admissions@ram.ac.uk at least two weeks before the audition if you will need the fortepiano, or a piano at A=440.

For 2023 entry only
If you choose an audition centre in East Asia or Australia, we regret we cannot guarantee that a harpsichord or fortepiano will be available so please contact the local coordinator.

Our New York audition centre does not have a harpsichord or fortepiano, and we cannot guarantee that either instrument will be available at our Chicago centre.

Written Work

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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