School of Strings – Audition Requirements

Your audition will last 25 minutes and you will also have a 15 – 20 minute warm-up.

This is your chance to shine! At audition, you will show that you are a communicative performer who has musical understanding and freedom of expression. You will already possess good technical set-up with awareness of physical freedom, suppleness and organisation and you will have a good concept of sound. You will also show that you have a good grasp of pulse, rhythm and timing. Good intonation is important, particularly your ability to correct spontaneously, if needed. It’s also worth noting that the audition will include a quick study test. This means we’ll hear a short excerpt which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

The panel will ask some general questions in order to get to know you a little more and to assess your suitability for the course. To help you prepare, typical subjects for discussion at interview might include: your interest in music other than that written for your own instrument; what attracts you to the RNCM; recent concerts you might have attended; any other parallel interests or life skills you wish to develop whilst you’re a student. We welcome questions from you too.

While you’re at the College, undergraduate applicants will be asked to complete a short multiple choice test lasting around 45 minutes. This will take place on site and is designed to help us understand more about your knowledge of music theory, general musicianship and contextual awareness. The test isn’t pass or fail, but results may be used in cases where a decision is difficult to reach on the basis of the practical audition alone.

Please use the menus below to find specific audition requirements for your instrument. If you’ve any queries please email info@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

 

Violin

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

W A Mozart movement 1 or 3 from any Violin Concerto
OR
Joseph Haydn movement I or 3 from Concerto in C
OR
J S Bach two contrasted movements from the solo Sonatas or Partitas or the accompanied Sonatas (BWV 1014 – 9 or BWV 1020 – 5)
OR
Georg Telemann
two contrasted movements from the solo Fantasias

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first piece.

The panel may not hear entire movements/works and may choose to work with undergraduate applicants on some of your repertoire, as if in a lesson. You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Viola

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Franz Anton Hoffmeister movement 1 or 3 from Concerto in D; movement 1 from Concerto in Bb
OR
Johann Stamitz movement 1 from Concerto in D
OR
J S Bach two contrasted movements from a viola transcription of Bach Suites 2 – 6, to include a Prelude.

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first piece.

The panel may not hear entire movements/works and may choose to work with undergraduate applicants on some of your repertoire, as if in a lesson. You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Cello

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Joseph Haydn movement 1 or 3 from Concerto in C or D
OR
C P E Bach Concerto in A (edition Salabert (EMS 5391))
OR
J S Bach two contrasted movements from Suites  2 – 6, to include a Prelude
OR
Luigi Boccherini movement 1 from Concerto in B flat or G

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first piece.

The panel may not hear entire movements/works and may choose to work with undergraduate applicants on some of your repertoire, as if in a lesson. You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Double Bass

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE from either:

Giambattista Cimador movement 1 from Concerto in G
OR
Giovanni Bottesini
movement 1 from Concerto in A minor
OR
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
movement 1 from Concerto No 2

OR
two contrasted movements from:

Antonio Vivaldi (trans Zimmermann) Cello Sonatas
OR
Benedetto Marcello Sonatas Op 2
OR
Willem De Fesch Sonata in G

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first piece.

The panel may not hear entire movements/works and may choose to work with undergraduate applicants on some of your repertoire, as if in a lesson. You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Harp

Undergraduate

Prepare TWO contrasting pieces of your own choice, these do not need to be played from memory.

You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Guitar (classical)

Undergraduate

Prepare TWO contrasting pieces of your own choice, these do not need to be played from memory.

You will also be given a quick study; a short piece of music lasting up to 1 minute which you will have prepared in your warm-up room beforehand.

For BMus (Hons) Popular Music Guitar audition requirements, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

For MMus Popular Music Guitar audition requirements, please click here.



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