These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2022. If you have any questions please contact the admissions team (admissions@ram.ac.uk) or the department administrator (strings@ram.ac.uk).

This year, first round assessments are by video recording.

The performance element of your video submission must be in one take i.e. not edited and with no breaks between items. However, individual items (pieces/movements) can be recorded separately if the possibility of recording the audition in one take is affected by circumstances beyond your control - such as availability of an accompanist.

All recordings must be recent/current. All accompanied works should have the appropriate accompaniment in your recording. This can be a “minus one” track, you do not need to hire an accompanist for your audition recording.

29 October, 4pm UK time: deadline to upload videos 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.

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 item. To upload your files into the Acceptd portal, you can find guidance on our video auditions page.

Your spoken item must be presented in English. First tell us your name, and then say something about your musical background and the training you’ve had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying for your chosen programme of study at the Academy. This may include mention of a specific teacher, should you know of one. This should be a separate recording, between 3 and 5 minutes long, and should not be part of your audition performance.

Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly.

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.

Undergraduate applicants

Violin, Viola and Cello: 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.

Double Bass: One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts 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.

Postgraduate applicants

Violin, Viola and Cello: First movement of a major post-1800 concerto a contrasting piece of your own choice.

Double Bass: One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts of your own choice.

Written Requirements

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 course finder or the entry requirements page of the website. There are no written requirements for the Master of Arts (MA).

Application Fee

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.

Your Application website pages