Please find important information on this page on how to prepare your recording

Your video application should include a spoken English introduction PLUS your performance.

Please note, recordings uploaded without the spoken English introduction will not be processed.

Your spoken English introduction (all candidates, except for Musical Theatre department, and there is a different requirement for Historical Performance)

Your spoken introduction 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 course at the Academy. This should be a separate video recording, between 3 and 5 minutes long, and should not be part of your audition performance.

Your performance

Please look in the 'Audition Requirements' section on your department’s page of the website for details of the audition requirements (see That will also tell you if you must submit a single recording of all your audition items (a single 'take'), or if you can submit a separate recording of each piece.

You should follow the published repertoire requirements. However, sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not needed in the recording.
A 'piece' can be a movement rather than a complete work (for example, one movement from a sonata).

Accompanied pieces should be performed with an accompaniment, this can be a "minus-one track" if you are unable to get an accompanist.

Please read through our advice (the 'Easy Guide') below for preparing and uploading your video recordings. The spoken introduction should be recorded separately.

Organ candidates

Please point the camera at your side so the assessment panel can see you play at the console, and (if possible) place the microphone some distance away from the instrument.

Timpani & Percussion candidates

Please perform every item on the relevant repertoire list (undergraduate or postgraduate).

Jazz candidates

For the 2024 repertoire items, please refer to the Jazz Audition Requirements

Please find technical information on how to maximise the quality of your video audition on our Video auditions and self-tape advice page.

  1. When you complete your UCAS Conservatoires application, select Recording as the audition method. Application details can be found on the How to Apply page.
  2. We use Acceptd as our portal for uploading media and documents. There is useful guidance on the Acceptd help page including maximum file sizes. Registration for an Acceptd account is free
  3. Please make sure you input your name in exactly the same format as your UCAS Conservatoires application, using Roman letters (please do not use other alphabets such as Greek, Cyrillic, Mandarin etc), and include your UCAS Conservatoires Personal ID number.
  4. In 'Select Program Group', choose Undergraduate Applications or Postgraduate Applications for our main auditions. Research candidates should select Doctoral Studies.
  5. Remember to check the department audition requirements page for your specialism, to ensure you have included all the necessary items. You should upload actual video files, we do not accept links to YouTube, Dropbox or other external sites. If you are making a long recording, mp4 format will have a smaller file size so it is easier to upload, or you can use a compression software like HandBrake.
  6. We recommend uploading before the Acceptd site gets busy which is usually during the afternoon UK time. When your file upload is shown as 'processing', it's in the Acceptd system and you can exit the page or add another file. It is not usually necessary to wait until the processing is complete.
  7. In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded all your files and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything.
    Postgraduate candidates - remember the items of written work if those are required for your course.

We may use the Acceptd message service to contact, you, so please remember to add as a safe sender in your email settings, and look in your junk mailbox regularly in case messages are caught by your spam filter.

You will receive the decision through your UCAS Conservatoires Hub as soon as possible after your application assessment has been completed, this normally will be no later than Christmas for most studies.

Late submissions

Recordings uploaded after the deadline stated above will be processed at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department.


Candidates auditioning by video are considered for an entrance scholarship in the same way as a candidate auditioning in person.

Other important information

The deadline for you to submit your UCAS Conservatoires application is detailed in the 'Deadlines' section on our Apply to the Academy page, where you can also see the date when your audition items must be uploaded in Acceptd.

Here is our Candidate Guide to Acceptd, this is a PDF file.

Please see our guidance below for preparing and uploading your recordings, including your Spoken English introduction.

You should upload the actual video files, we do not accept links to YouTube, Dropbox or other external sites. If you are making a long recording, mp4 format will have a smaller file size so it is easier to upload, or you can use a compression software like HandBrake.

  • Master of Music, Professional Diploma performance and Advanced Diploma Performance candidates should include their written work with the uploaded recordings (see the Written Requirements section on our Entry Requirements webpage).
  • Exchange and Study Abroad candidates have separate guidance on our Exchanges page.
  • Musical Theatre and Musical Direction have specific recording requirements, please see the Musical Theatre department pages.
  • Advanced Diploma Opera candidates have specific items to upload, these are detailed on the Opera Audition page.

The video recordings are the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy, so they are treated as Round 1 of the assessment process.

After your Acceptd profile has been assessed, we will let you know if you have been selected for further interview. which can include the opportunity to talk to academic staff, the Head of Department or senior staff at the Academy about your plans and ambitions, and to ask questions. The interviews allow us to get to know you and discover how best you can thrive and flourish as a fulfilled and successful professional musician in modern times. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether they select a video or live audition.

Applicants will also be able to take virtual tours of the building, view presentations from Heads of Department, and attend webinars with our Admissions and Financial Awards Team, current students and other staff at the Academy.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at