Conducting – Audition Requirements


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 (MMus)

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

Auditions for September 2018 entry will take place in December 2017.

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 should be submitted via Acceptd 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. As an example, for 2016 entry, the pieces were:

•    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.

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
Attendance at the live auditions is very much recommended but international students who are unable to attend a live audition can send a recording online via Acceptd 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. This footage should not be edited and should clearly show your face and upper body.

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