School of Strings – Audition Requirements

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 UCAS Conservatoires 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.  All undergraduate candidates and postgraduate candidates will be given a Quick Study – a short piece of music lasting approximately 1 minute to be prepared in the warm up room prior to the 1st Round and to be performed in the 1st Round (if a 2 round audition).

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  2 – 6, to include a Prelude

or CPE Bach Concerto in A, edition Salabert (EMS 5391)


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 a viola transcription of Bach Suites 2 – 6, to include a Prelude.


Violin

Mozart: movement 1 or 3 from any Violin Concerto

or Haydn: Movement I or 3 from Concerto in C

or Bach: two contrasted movements of unaccompanied Bach, from solo sonatas or partitas

 

Round two (afternoon)

Cello, Viola and Violin (15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time)

A choice of repertoire that contrasts in period and style with that in Round 1, a short sight reading test, aural tests and a brief interview. For undergraduate applicants, the panel may choose to work with you on some of your repertoire as if in a lesson.


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

Once you have received an audition/interview date and time, please confirm your attendance via the online RNCM Audition Reply Form.

 

Auditions by recording

International students who are unable to attend a live audition can send an audition by recording. This should be submitted online via Acceptd.

For all programmes, you will need to record both or all the pieces that you would perform in a live audition. The recording should include a 5 minute spoken introduction by the applicant in English.

 



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