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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] or the department administrator [email@example.com] 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.
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, any written requirements (postgraduate only) and your Spoken English item.
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.
- Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, one to have been written after 1950, and preferably in a contemporary style. These can be recorded separately. Please upload a copy of your music for the panel.
- For undergraduate candidates who are invited to an interview with the Head of Department, a study (étude) which will be sent separately seven days before the interview.
- For candidates who are invited to an interview with the Head of Department: 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.
Postgraduate written requirements
We audition 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 pages of our website, please click on the link below.
Harps will be available for any auditions held at the Academy: 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.