Auditions for September 2015 entry

The majority of auditions for September 2015 entry will take place between 24 November – 10 December 2014.

Online multiple choice test for BMus and GRNCM/MusB applicants for September 2015 entry

Applicants auditioning for the BMus and GRNCM/MusB (‘Joint Course’) for September 2015 entry will be required to undertake a short online multiple choice test on audition day. The test contains elements of theory (e.g. chord recognition), musicianship (e.g. interval recognition) and musical stylistic knowledge (e.g. ensembles, notation).

The purpose of this test is to enable us to understand more about each candidates’ general musicianship and contextual awareness, and to gauge levels of prior experience in these areas. Please note that the test does not have a pass or fail mark, and it is not the case that a certain mark must be achieved in order to gain a place at RNCM.

The test will inform the Heads of Schools and the programme team about the broader musical interests and experience of audition candidates, and results may be used to inform offer decisions in cases where a decision is difficult to reach on the basis of the practical audition alone, given the competition for places on the BMus and GRNCM/MusB programmes. The test will also give candidates a flavour of some of their areas of learning as a student at RNCM.

Applicants for the BMus and GRNCM/MusB will be provided with more details when invited to audition.

Admissions Process for September 2015 entry

Applications for most RNCM programmes are made through the Conservatoires UK Admission Services (CUKAS) website. The RNCM’s Code is R57.

Courses with a different application method:

Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist)
If you are interested in Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist) Solo Performance, please download the application process from the menu on the left hand side. For 2014 entry, please ensure the application materials for shortlisting arrive at Admissions by 31 January 2014.

Applications for PGCE Int PGCE in Specialist Instrumental Teaching (SIT)
Applications should be made through the UCAS Teacher Training (formerly known as GTTR). Visit www.ucas.com/ucas-teacher-training

Application Deadline: 1 December.

Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership (PAL)
This programme is delivered by ARTIS and validated by the RNCM. Applicants should visit www.artiseducation.com for more information.

General Audition Information

Entrance auditions and interviews normally take place during late November – mid December. The audition date and time will be allocated to you on CUKAS. You will NOT receive an audition invitation letter from us so please check your application via ‘Track’ on a regular basis.

To access ‘Track’, you need to log on CUKAS in the same way as you did while you were working on your application. The allocated time and date cannot be altered. If you cannot attend due to illness then a doctor’s note must be provided, in which case an alternative date can be arranged.

A non-refundable audition fee must be made via CUKAS before an audition can be arranged. All applications auditioned during the main audition period will have a decision on CUKAS before Christmas. Successful candidates will also receive an offer letter by email or post. If an audition is delayed there is the risk that places for your instrument will already be taken.

For all courses, details of what will be expected of you in your particular specialism can be found by expanding the relevant section below.

Applicants who are invited for a live audition must also read the notes attached to the reply sheet, which you can download from the link in the menu on the left hand side. It is essential that you send the reply sheet to admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

BA Popular Music Performance Audition Requirements

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance

There are around 150-200 applications for the BA Popular Music Performance programme each year. The following student numbers are normally admitted:

Bass Guitar: 7

Drum Kit: 7

Guitar: 7

Keyboards: 7

Vocals: 14

Audition Criteria

  • A high level of technical proficiency
  • Stylistic understanding
  • Energy and presence
  • Confidence and communication
  • Musicianship – scales, modes, technical exercises, rudiments
  • Preparation – equipment, scores/charts, backing tracks

Audition Equipment

The RNCM will provide the following:

  • Roland 20GX Cube Guitar Amp
  • Roland 20XL Cube Bass Amp
  • Roland RD700-NX Stage Piano
  • Yamaha Stagepas 400i PA System (with phono to mini-jack for MP3 players)
  • Gretch Catalina Maple 6-piece Drum Kit

Candidates are required to provide the following:

  • Guitars, Bass Guitars and additional Keyboards (as appropriate)
  • Leads and pedals (as appropriate)
  • MP3 player
  • Backing tracks for own choice pieces
  • Drummers are advised to bring their own breakables

Note: Vocalists will perform without a microphone

Audition Process

Round 1 (morning): Maximum 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time

  • Performance – candidates are required to perform 1 piece of their own choosing preferably to a MP3 backing track (provided by the candidate)
  • Musicianship test – the panel will test technical skills based on those demonstrated in the performance

Note: Candidates should not perform graded examination pieces

Candidates chosen to play in round 2 will be notified at lunchtime. Candidates are advised that auditions are highly competitive and that, on average, only half of the candidates heard in the morning will be selected for round 2.

Round 2 (afternoon): Maximum 20 minutes with up to 20 minutes warm up time

  • Theory examination – ABRSM grade 5 equivalent (30 minutes)
  • Performance – candidates are required to perform 1 piece from the following:

o   Bass Guitar                        Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

o   Drum Kit                            Rosanna – Toto

o   Guitar                                Josie – Steely Dan

o   Keyboards                          Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

o   Vocals (male)                     Moondance – Michael Bublé

o   Vocals (female)                  Rumour Has It – Adele

  • Interview – the panel will assess the suitability of candidates through the following:

o   Clear understanding for choosing this programme

o   Ability to self-reflect and articulate own strengths and areas for development

o   Understanding of the popular music industry and employment potential within it

o   Confident, articulate, intelligent responses


Auditions by Recording

International candidates who are unable to attend a live audition can send a video recording instead (DVD-R preferred). The video should follow the same format as the live auditions and should contain:

Performance:

  • 1 own-choice piece preferably to a MP3 backing track
  • 1 piece from the following:

o   Bass Guitar                        Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

o   Drum Kit                            Rosanna – Toto

o   Guitar                                 Josie – Steely Dan

o   Keyboards                          Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

o   Vocals (male)                     Moondance – Michael Bublé

o   Vocals (female)                  Rumour Has It – Adele

Interview:

Candidates should discuss the following points and give confident, articulate, intelligent responses:

o   Clear understanding for choosing this programme

o   Ability to self-reflect and articulate own strengths and areas for development

o   Understanding of the popular music industry and employment potential within it

 

RNCM School of Composition Audition Requirements

Audition Criteria
• Originality of idiom
• Compositional technique
• Writing for instruments/voices
• Analysis
• Harmonisation
• Interview

Audition Process

First round
Both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants are required to submit three scores, and where possible, recordings (MP3 or audio links) electronically to admissions@rncm.ac.uk by 1 October 2014. (Recordings without scores will not be considered.) Each piece should be a single document (please do not send each page of your score separately). These are first assessed by a small selection panel. If selected for a 2nd round audition, a hard copy of the portfolio and, where possible, recordings (e.g. CD) must be posted to Admissions (RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD).

Second round
Selected candidates will be invited for a second round audition in person. This consists of an interview with the Head of School and one other member of the Composition tutorial staff.

There are two formal elements:
• A viva voce in music analysis (30 minutes’ preparation time)
• A free harmonisation for Undergraduates

During the interview you will also be asked to talk about your background, work and study aims, as well as to discuss your portfolio. You will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions about composition at the RNCM. The audition/interivew will last approximately 30 minutes and you will have half an hour’s preparation time beforehand.

Reply to audition invitation
Applicants who are invited for a second round audition must also read the notes attached to the reply sheet (which you can download from the link in the menu on the left hand side). It is essential that you send the reply sheet to  admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Overseas candidates
The audition requirements for overseas candidates are the same regarding the 1st round. Where candidates are selected for a second round audition but it is not possible or practical for them to attend it in person, a telephone interview will normally be given along the same lines as above.

All portfolios and recordings should be posted to: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD.

RNCM School of Keyboard Studies Audition Requirements

Audition Criteria
• Posture
• Technique/Facility
• Tone
• Pedalling
• Rhythm
• Stylistic awareness
• Memory

Audition Process

Undergraduate piano (BMus, GRNCM/MusB (informally known as ‘Joint Course’))
You are required to prepare three or four pieces contrasting in both period and style.  You are encouraged to perform all your pieces from memory. However, one piece must be performed without the score.

Round 1 (morning): Lasts approximately 10 minutes and you will be asked to play two contrasting pieces from your programme chosen by the auditioning panel. You will have up to 10 minutes to warm up.
Round 2 (afternoon): Lasts approximately 15 minutes and the repertoire to be performed will be selected by the panel.

There will be some sight-reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations. You will have up to 15 minutes to warm up.

You will be given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Postgraduate piano (MPerf, MMus and PGDip)
You are required to present a 40 minute programme of music in a variety of styles. All pieces should be performed from memory unless they are written after 1945 where it is at the candidate’s discretion.

Round 1 (morning): Lasts approximately 10 minutes and you will be asked to play two contrasting pieces from your programme chosen by the auditioning panel. You will have 10 minutes to warm up.
Round 2 (afternoon): Lasts approximately 15 minutes and the repertoire to be performed will be selected by the panel. There will be some sight-reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations. You will have up to 15 minutes to warm up.

All applicants will be asked to undertake a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Undergraduate organ (BMus, GRNCM/MusB (previously known as ‘Joint Course’))
You are required to present three pieces contrasting in both period and style. The audition will last 15-20 minutes and you will have up to 20 minutes warm up time. There will be some sight reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations.

Before your audition, please read the Organ Specification document which you can download from the link in the menu on the left hand side.

You will be given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Postgraduate organ (MPerf, MMus and PGDip)
You are required to submit a 30 minute programme of music in a variety of styles including a major work by J. S. Bach and an important romantic or 20th century work. Up to 15 minutes will be selected at audition which will last between 15 and 20 minutes and you will have up to 20 minutes warm up time. There will be some sight reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations.

Before your audition, please read the organ specification document which you can download from the link in the menu on the left hand side.

Postgraduate accompaniment (MPerf, MMus and PGDip)     
You are required to present, from your own choice, an etude or a solo piece as well as a movement from a duo sonata (strings or wind), and Lied or French/English Song. You are required to bring your own duo partner. You will also be required to undertake some sight reading and a quick study (given approximately half an hour prior to the audition). The accompaniment auditions will last between 25 and 30 minutes duration and you will have up to 30 minutes preparation/warm up time.

If you are interested in repetiteur (operatic repertoire) training, please consult the School of Vocal Studies and Opera Audition Requirements.

Junior Fellowships in Accompaniment
Each year the College offers a number of Junior Fellowships in Accompaniment. These fellowships entail accompanying students across all schools within the college in return for a stipend and principal study tuition. To be considered for one of these Fellowships you will normally be required to present at audition a group of songs (2 or 3), a movement of an instrumental sonata, a solo piece (etude or similar) and two pieces of sight-reading, one given in advance of the audition (quick study), the other during the audition itself. Prospective applicants should note that there is an expectation that the applicant will currently be completing a PG course or will already have completed one. A strong emphasis is placed on professional experience and sight-reading ability. For more information, please visit the School of Keyboard Studies page.

Undergraduate harpsichord (BMus and GRNCM/MusB (previously known as ‘Joint Course’))
You are required to present three pieces contrasting in both period and style. The audition will last between 15 and 20 minutes and you will have up to 20 minutes warm up time. There will be some sight reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations.

You will be given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Postgraduate harpsichord (MPerf, MMus and PGDip)
You should submit a 40 minute programme of music containing repertoire from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th centuries. Up to 15 minutes will be selected at audition which will last between 15 and 20 minutes and you will have up to 20 minutes warm up time. It is expected that you will have experience of continuo playing although this is not essential. There will be some sight reading and an interview focused on the repertoire that you have performed (preparation, challenges, technique and style) and also a chance to talk about your future aspirations.

Reply to audition invitation
Applicants who are invited for a live audition must also read the notes attached to the reply sheet, which you can download from our website. It is essential that you send the reply sheet to admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Auditions by recording
International students who are unable to attend a live audition can send an audition by recording. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are accepted. Please send the weblink to admissions@rncm.ac.uk, to arrive by 15 November 2014. Please ensure the links do not have an expiry date.

For all instruments except accompaniment, you will need to record the entire programme that you would submit to the panel for selection at a live audition. For example, a postgraduate piano applicant should record 40 minute programme of music in a variety of styles. Accompanists need to record all the pieces that you intend to perform at a live audition.

All audition recordings (except those for shortlisting of the GRNCM/MusB) should arrive at the following address by 15 November: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD.

RNCM School of Strings Audition Requirements

Audition Criteria
• Technique
• Posture
• Tone/Bowing
• Intonation/Vibrato
• Rhythm
• Musicality

Audition Process
For all string instruments, except double bass, guitar and harp, the audition has two parts. All candidates will take part in round one, after which selected candidates will go through to round two. An accompanist will be provided for the audition, where appropriate.

Both rounds take place on the same day. Candidates chosen to play in round two will be notified at lunchtime. Candidates are advised that auditions are highly competitive and that, on average, only half of the candidates heard in the morning will be selected for round two.

There may be exceptional circumstance – e.g. late auditions outside the dedicated audition period, when an audition will consist of one round only when both pieces of repertoire should be presented. In such cases, the auditions will last approximately 20 minutes and candidates will have up to 20 minutes warm up time. If your audition is one round only, it will be clearly noted on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated.

Round one (morning) for Cello, Viola and Violin (10 minutes with up to 10 minutes warm-up time)

Please select one option from the following and play the Cadenza where appropriate.

Cello

Haydn: Movement I or III from Concerto in C or D
or Boccherini: Movement I from Concerto in G
or Bach: two contrasted movements from Bach Suites for Solo Cello to include a Prelude

Viola

Hoffmeister: Movement I or III from Concerto in D; Movement I from Concerto in Bb
or Stamitz: Movement I from Concerto in D
or Bach: two contrasted movements from viola transcription of Bach Suites for Solo Cello to include a Prelude

Violin

Mozart:  Movement I or III from Concertos in G, D or A
or Haydn: Movement I from Concerto in C
or Bach: two contrasted movements of unaccompanied Bach, from solo sonatas or partitas

Round two (afternoon) for Cello, Viola and Violin (15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time)

A choice of repertoire that contrasts with that in round one, and a brief interview. For all undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson. You will also be required to undertake a sight reading test and given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Double Bass (one round only, 20 minutes with up to 20 minutes warm up time)

Please select one option from the following and another piece of your own choice, contrasting in style:

Cimador: Concerto in G: 1st movement
or Bottesini: Concerto in a minor 1st movement
or Dittersdorf: Concerto no.2 1st movement

or two contrasted movements from:
Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (Transcribed Zimmermann)
or Marcello: Sonatas Op. 2
or De Fesch: Sonata in G

For all undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson. You will also be required to undertake a sight reading test and given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Harp (one round only, 20 minutes with up to 20 minutes warm up time)

You will need to play two contrasted pieces. Playing from memory is not a requirement.

For all undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson. You will also be required to undertake a sight reading test and given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Guitar (classical) (one round only, 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time).

You will need to play two contrasted pieces. Playing from memory is not a requirement.

For all undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson. You will also be required to undertake a sight reading test and given a quick study – a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute given in the warm up room to be performed in the audition.

Reply to audition invitation

Applicants who are invited for a live audition must also read the notes attached to the reply sheet (downloadable from the link from the menu on the left hand side). It is essential that you send the reply sheet to admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Auditions by recording

International students who are unable to attend a live audition can send an audition by recording. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are accepted. Please send the weblink to admissions@rncm.ac.uk, to arrive by 15 November 2014. Please ensure the link does not have an expiry date.

For all programmes, you will need to record both or all the pieces that you would perform in a live audition.

If you choose to submit a DVD recording this should be sent to: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD. Recordings must be received by 15 November 2014.

RNCM School of Vocal Studies and Opera Audition Requirements

Audition Criteria

• Vocal quality
• Breathing
• Pronunciation
• Characterisation
• Musicality
• Support
• Intonation
• Clarity of text
• Communication skills

Audition Process

For all programmes, with the exception of Repetiteurs:

You will need to prepare in advance:

  • Three pieces of your own choice totaling not more than 12 minutes and contrasting in period and style, to be sung from memory
  • a short (maximum two minutes) spoken piece of poetry or prose in Standard English, to be recited from memory or read

In your audition you will also be expected to:

  • Undertake a test of sight-reading ability
  • Create a short song to four lines of text given to them during the audition (undergraduates only)

Auditions are held in two rounds. An accompanist will be provided for the audition. Candidates chosen to play in round two will be notified at lunchtime. Candidates are advised that auditions are highly competitive and that, on average, only half of the candidates heard in the morning will be selected for round two.

First round (morning)
(Approximately 10 minutes with up to 10 minutes warm up time)
Candidates will sing one piece, selected by the panel. There may be a test of sight-reading ability.

Second round (afternoon)
(Approximately 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time)
The panel will select two pieces and hear the prepared spoken piece. There will be a test of sight-reading ability. Undergraduate applicants will be expected to create a short song to four lines of text given to them during the audition.

There may be exceptional circumstance – e.g. late auditions outside the dedicated audition period, when an audition will consist of one round only when both pieces of repertoire should be presented. In such cases, the auditions will last approximately 20 minutes and candidates will have 20 minutes warm up time. If your audition is one round only, it will be clearly noted on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated.

Undergraduate applicants: The panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson; and may request a short additional test e.g. providing a musical response to a phrase.

Repetiteurs (postgraduate):
One round only, approximately 30 minutes with 30 minutes warm up.

You will need to play:
• Piano solo of own choice (5 minutes maximum) from the Early Romantic or Romantic period
• Two operatic excerpts of own choice (10 minutes maximum) containing more than one character (sing in vocal parts optional)
You will be required to sight-read a selection of operatic repetoire.

There will also be a brief interview.

Reply to audition invitation
Applicants who are invited for a live audition must also read the notes downloadable from the website. It is essential that you send the reply sheet to admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Auditions by Recording
International students who are unable to attend a live audition can send an audition by recording. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are accepted. Please send the weblink to admissions@rncm.ac.uk, to arrive by 15 November 2014. Please ensure the links do not have an expiry date.

For all programmes except Repetiteurs, you will need to record 3 contrasting pieces sung from memory, totalling no more than 12 minutes.

For Repetiteurs (postgraduate), you will need to record all the pieces that you would perform at a live audition.

If you choose to submit a DVD recording this should be sent to: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD. Recordings must be received by 15 November 2014.

RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion Audition Requirements

There are around 200 students in the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, with the equivalent of a symphonic wind, brass and percussion section being admitted annually. In each instrumental discipline approximately four students are normally accepted in each year, and admission standards are correspondingly high.

Audition Criteria

A balance of:
• Technical security
• Musicality
• Communication
• Potential

Audition Process

All woodwind and brass players
Candidates should prepare two contrasting pieces, at least one of which must be accompanied. The total time of the two pieces should not exceed 15 minutes. An accompanist will be provided for the audition.

Cor anglais (postgraduate only), tuba, cornet, tenor horn, baritone horn and euphonium
The audition will consist of one round, lasting approximately 20 minutes including a brief interview. Both pieces will need to be presented and you will have up to 20 minutes to warm up before your audition.

Bassoon, bass clarinet (postgraduate only), clarinet, flute, French horn, oboe, trombone and trumpet
Unless specified in the audition comments on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated, the audition has two parts. All candidates take part in round one, after which selected candidates will go through to round two.

Round 1 (morning):
(Maximum 10 minutes with 10 minutes warm up time)
The panel will ask you to perform one piece.

Candidates chosen to play in round two will be notified at lunchtime. Candidates are advised that auditions are highly competitive and that, on average, only half of the candidates heard in the morning will be selected for round two.

Round 2 (afternoon):
(Maximum 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time)
The panel will hear the second piece which will be followed by a brief interview.

For all undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson. You will also be required to undertake a sight reading test and given a quick study in the warm up room.

There may be exceptional circumstances – e.g. late auditions outside the dedicated audition period, when an audition will consist of one round only when both pieces of repertoire should be presented. In such cases, the auditions will last approximately 20 minutes and candidates will have 20 minutes’ warm up time. If your audition is one round only, it will be clearly noted on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated.

Saxophone
Unless specified in the audition comments on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated, the audition will be in two parts, as above. You will need to prepare two contrasting pieces, one of which must be accompanied. As an indication of the required standard, candidates should consult the following list:

Paul Creston – Sonata
Phil Woods – Sonata
Paule Maurice – Tableaux de Provence
Amy Quate – Light of Sothis
Jean Absil – Fantaisie Caprice
Jolivet – Fantaisie
Gotkovsky – Brillance
Milhaud – Scaramouche

Candidates are advised that performance of two jazz-based pieces is not acceptable.

There may be exceptional circumstances – e.g. late auditions outside the dedicated audition period, when an audition will consist of one round only when both pieces of repertoire should be presented. In such cases, the auditions will last approximately 20 minutes and candidates will have 20 minutes’ warm up time. If your audition is one round only, it will be clearly noted on CUKAS when your audition time is allocated.

Percussion

One round only, approximately 30 minutes with up to 30 minutes warm up.

Undergraduate

Tuned: own choice piece, at least Grade 8 level

Timpani: choose and prepare one of the following pieces from the Associated Board Grade 8 list:

Modern Times

Tchaikovsky Plus

Waltz Variations

Snare Drum: choose and prepare one of the following pieces from the Associated Board Grade 8 list:

Sicilienne

Scheherazadia

Sight reading will be given on any instrument.

The panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson; and may request a short additional test e.g. providing a musical response to a phrase.

In your audition you will also be expected to undertake a test of sight-reading ability, and given a quick study (which will be provided during your warm-up). Percussionists will normally be tested in xylophone.

Postgraduate

Candidates will be asked to play one piece of their own choice on each of the following instruments:

Tuned Percussion

Timpani

Snare Drum

The level of difficulty should be comparable to that of the pieces played in the candidate’s final undergraduate degree recital.

The following orchestral repertoire excerpts should also be prepared for the audition:

Tuned:         

Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Gershwin: Porgy & Bess

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon

Snare Drum:

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Suppé: Pique Dame

Timpani:      

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (mvts. 1 and 4)

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (Danse Sacrale)

Instruments provided for percussionists

Timpani: four Adams Symphonic Timpani (32″, 29″, 26″, 23″) with Renaissance heads. These drums have Premier-type pedals and the tuning gauges on the drums may be disabled for the audition. Candidates may tune from a tuning fork or take an A from the marimba.

Snare Drum: a snare drum will be provided, but candidates may bring their own drum if they wish.

Tuned: the instruments normally available will be a 4.3 octave Concorde marimba (fixed height), a 5-octave Yamaha marimba (fixed height) and a 4-octave Adams xylophone (adjustable height). A piano will not be available for accompaniment. A Yamaha vibraphone will be an option for postgraduate auditions.

Auditions by Recording

International students who are unable to attend a live audition can send an audition by recording. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are accepted. Please send the weblink to admissions@rncm.ac.uk, to arrive by 15 November 2014. Please ensure the links do not have an expiry date.

For all instruments except percussion, you will need to record a programme of about twenty minutes duration to include at least three pieces contrasting in style.

If you choose to submit a DVD recording this should be sent to: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD. Recordings must be received by 15 November 2014.

Jazz Audition Requirements

Jazz Auditions

This pathway offers a split principal study in years one and two (approx 70% classical and 30% jazz) leading to an intensive jazz studies programme in years three and four.

This offer is currently only available for flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, double bass and drums.

Audition Criteria

A balance of

  • Technical security
  • Musicality and awareness of the jazz tradition/idiom
  • Communication
  • Potential


Audition Process

The audition will consist of one round lasting approximately 20 minutes with 20 minutes to warm up. It will consist of three parts.

A. Candidates should prepare one jazz standard from the list below; played from memory. Play the theme followed by two choruses of improvisation and then the final melody. A rhythm section will be provided although there will be no time for rehearsal.

  • All the Things You Are
  • What is This Thing Called Love?
  • Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • Take the ‘A’ Train
  • Stella by Starlight

Guitar

This piece should be played on electric guitar.

Percussion

Play this section of the audition on drum kit. Be prepared to ‘trade fours’. A drum kit will be made available although candidates are advised to bring their own sticks and cymbals.

Double Bass

Play the melody, one improvised chorus and then an accompanying walking bass line for a piano solo

B. Perform a classical piece of your own choice. This is to demonstrate your stylistic versatility and should be of a challenging nature. It should not be jazz-based and should be accompanied; a piano accompanist will be provided.

Guitar

This piece should be played on classical guitar. It may be unaccompanied.

Percussion

This piece will be on tuned percussion (vibes/marimba/xylophone).

Piano

A solo piano piece is required.

Saxophone

The indicative list of works given in the general audition requirements provides useful guidance.

C. As appropriate, you will be given some sight reading, an aural task involving improvisation or be asked to play a 12 bar blues (in the key of Bb or F major) and/or some brief questions about your aims.

Percussion

For this section you will be required to play a piece on snare drum (see Percussion audition requirements for more details)

Auditions by Recording

International candidates who are unable to attend a live audition can send a video recording instead (DVD-R preferred). This must incorporate the key elements of the jazz audition requirements. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are accepted. Please send the weblink to admissions@rncm.ac.uk, to arrive by 15 November 2014.

If you choose to post a DVD to Admissions, the postal address is: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD.

RNCM Conducting Audition Requirements

Undergraduate
The College does not offer Principal Study in conducting at Undergraduate level. However, a conducting option is available in the Undergraduate Professional Skills scheme. The College also offers a range of external conducting courses which many undergraduates participate in.

Postgraduate
The audition consists of a preliminary video selection round followed by a day of live auditions which will be a three-stage process.

First round:
All candidates should supply 20 minutes of uninterrupted and unedited footage of their conducting. Ideally, this should be a fairly equal mixture of rehearsal and performance. The camera should be positioned so that the candidate’s face and upper body is clearly visible. The recording (DVD-R preferred) should arrive at Admissions by 15 October. (Please see below for Admissions’ postal address.) Video links (e.g. YouTube) are acceptable,  provided they do not have expiry dates. Please send the links to admissions@rncm.ac.uk by 15 October.

Second round:
Selected candidates will be invited for an audition and interview in person.
Candidates will be required to conduct a small ensemble (wind or string) in a rehearsal situation for 10 minutes.
These auditions will be followed by an interview with a panel led by Clark Rundell.

Third round:
A number of the candidates will be invited to rehearse a soloist and accompanist in a standard concerto on the same day after the interviews.

Final round:
Some candidates will be invited to stay for the final round in the evening.

Repertoire for second, third and final rounds

The repertoire for the second, third and final rounds will be notified to you in advance. For 2015 entry, the pieces are:

•    three movements of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale: Marche du Soldat, Pastorale & Marche Royale

•    Schumann Concerto for Cello, movement 1

•   Beethoven Symphony Number 1, movements 1 and 2

Applicants are required to bring their own music for all three works.

Audition reply
Applicants who are selected for a second round audition must also read the notes attached to the reply sheet, which you can download from our website. It is essential that you send the reply sheet to admissions@rncm.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Auditions by recording
Attendance at the live auditions is very much recommended but international students who are unable to attend a live audition can send a recording only (DVD-R preferred) for our consideration. In this case, you will need to record a 20 minute rehearsal and a 20 minute performance each consisting of two contrasting pieces. These footages should not be edited and should clearly show your face and upper body. Video links (e.g. YouTube) are acceptable, provided they do not have expiry dates. Please send the links to admissions@rncm.ac.uk by 15 November 2014.

If you choose to post a DVD to Admissions, our postal address is: Admissions, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9RD. You should ensure the DVD arrives at Admissions by 15 November 2014.

RNCM Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist)

An exceptionally high level of performing ability is expected of applicants, who should be on the brink of a professional performing career. Applications are invited for the Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist) Solo Artist Course, the International Chamber Music Course, and the RNCM Opera and Voice Studio. Students will normally have already completed postgraduate studies in performance at a conservatoire or similar specialist environment. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 student visa must also meet the minimum English requirement, IELTS 5.5 in each component, set by the UK Border Agency.  Candidates shortlisted for an audition must attend a live audition; DVD auditions are not accepted.

If you are interested in Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist) Solo Performance, please download the application process from the menu on the left hand side. For 2015 entry, please ensure the application materials for shortlisting arrive at Admissions by 31 January 2015. Auditions will be held on 10 or 11 March 2015.

Download information on the application process by clicking here.