Please see Filling In Your Application For UK Conservatoires via UCAS for further assistance with this process.
These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2023.
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 if you have any queries.
3 October deadline, 6pm UK time:
deadline for all candidates for London or Video auditions to submit the UCAS Conservatoires application. (See the Your Application page for deadlines for New York and for São Paolo; please email email@example.com as it may not be possible to audition Historical Performance at those venues).
28 October deadline:
- 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).
- 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 upload your audition recording, the list of all the works in your programme, any written requirements (see below) and your spoken English introduction.
Historical Performance audition
Please prepare two or three contrasting pieces of your own choice, the total time should be between eight and ten minutes of music.
Video candidates: you will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload these items:
- your audition recording (the pieces can be recorded as separate videos)
- the list of all the works in your programme
- your Spoken English item; in your spoken item, please tell us about your choice of audition repertoire, how it suits your playing and musical taste, and how knowledge of historical performance practice has influenced your interpretation.
- a written statement with details of about your musical background and training, your musical ambitions and reasons for applying for your chosen course at the Academy.
- any academic written requirements (postgraduate candidates only)
The Historical Performance auditions in London have a harpsichord tuned to A=415.
A fortepiano at A=430 or a piano at A=440 can be made available but you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the audition to request these instruments.
We regret it may not be possible to audition candidates for Historical Performance at our other centres because of limitations at the host venues.
You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the undergraduate academic staff, during which you can discuss your study plans and 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.
Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) courses need to submit written requirements, please view these on the entry requirements page 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.
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.