Please see Filling In Your Application For UK Conservatoires via UCAS for further assistance with this process.
These details are for students applying to start their studies at the Academy in September 2024.
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 [email@example.com] or the department administrator [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you have any queries.
2 October deadline, 6pm UK time:
Deadline for all candidates for London or Video auditions to submit the UCAS Conservatoires application.
27 October deadline (midday UK time):
- London in-person candidates: deadline to create your profile in the Acceptd portal, with your referee contact details, and any written requirements required for your course choice (see below). Please upload a copy of your audition music for the panel.
- Video candidates: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken English introduction) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you put your referee contact details, and upload:
- your audition recording
- a copy of your audition music for the panel
- the list of all the works in your programme
- any written requirements (see below) and
- your spoken English introduction.
Your audition pieces can be recorded separately.
Harps will be available for any auditions held at the Academy in London. A Lyon & Healy harp will be available in the audition room and a similar model in the warm-up room, though you are welcome to bring your own instrument if you prefer.
We are holding auditions in New York during February 2024 for candidates from North and South America who cannot travel to London for their audition. The deadline for UCAS Conservatoires and Acceptd for New York is 8 January 2024 midday UK time. Please see "International Auditions" on the Your Application page.
Harp audition requirements
- Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, one to have been written after 1950, and preferably in a contemporary style.
- For undergraduate and postgraduate candidates at live audition, a study (étude) which will be sent separately seven days before the interview.
- For candidates at live audition:
- Scales in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately or hands together an octave apart, a sixth apart (right hand begins on tonic) or a tenth apart (left hand begins on tonic).
- Arpeggios in all major and minor keys, four octaves, to be played hands separately, hands together or divided between the hands, in root position, first and second inversions. Dominant sevenths and diminished sevenths as above.
For further information please see grade 8 requirements for Pedal Harp for ABRSM exams www.abrsm.org.
- For candidates doing a video audition, if you are selected to progress from Round 1, the scales and arpeggios detailed above will be asked for during your live online interview, and you will receive by email a piece of sight-reading the day before your interview. Please have a harp available for you to play during this interview.
You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the undergraduate academic staff, during which you can discuss your study plans. As part of the interview 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.
You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the postgraduate programme tutors where you can discuss your study plans.
MMus, ProfDip and Advanced Diploma (Performance) have written requirements - please see these on the entry requirements section of the website. There are no academic written requirements for MA or PGCert.
All Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts, so if you are also interested in MA study you should only apply for MMus because there will only be one audition.
You are not tied to the course choice in your application, the length and pathway can be discussed and adjusted as appropriate.
We assess everyone who applies on time and pays their application and assessment fee.
Information on the assessment fee and waivers can be found in the Your Application page of our website, please click on the link below.