School of Wind, Brass and Percussion – Audition Requirements

Your audition will last 20 minutes, and you will have a 20-minute warm-up/rehearsal with an accompanist (provided by us) prior this.

You should prepare two contrasting pieces (as detailed below) which give you the opportunity to demonstrate your technical skills, musicality and personality. The audition will also include a quick study/sight-reading test (given to you to prepare on arrival), after which you’ll have a short informal interview with the panel.

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 have any queries, please email info@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

 

Wind

Flute

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

J S Bach Sonata in Eb major (movements 1 and 2)
OR
W A Mozart Concerto in D major (movement 1)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors F# and Eb (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors F (extended) and G# (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F (2 octaves) and C (3 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of A (2 octaves) and F (3 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on C (3 octaves) and Ab (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Oboe

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

W A Mozart Oboe Quartet in F (movement 1)
OR
Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphosis after Ovid (‘Phaeton’ or ‘Niobe’)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors B and Eb
Harmonic minors D (extended) and F
Melodic minors Db and B
Dominant 7ths in key of E and Ab
Diminished 7ths starting on C# and B

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Clarinet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Bernhard Crussell Concerto Op 5 (movement 3)
OR
Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (Nos. 1 and 3)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Eb and F sharp
Harmonic minors G and F sharp
Melodic minors Bb and F
Dominant 7ths in key of B and C
Diminished 7ths starting on F sharp and G

 

 

 

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory

Bassoon

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

W A Mozart Bassoon Concerto (movement 1)
OR
Gabriel Pierné Solo de Concours Op 35

Then prepare a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Db/C# (3 octaves) and F# (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors F# (2 octaves) and C (3 octaves)
Melodic minors Eb (2 octaves) and D (3 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in key of Ab (2 octaves) and G (3 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on Eb (2 octaves) and C# (3 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Saxophone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Jean Francaix Cinq Danses Exotiques (any three movements)
Phil Woods Sonata (movements 1 and 2)
Paul Creston Sonata (movements 1 and 2)
Darius Milhaud Scaramouche (movements 2 and 3)

Then prepare a second contrasting piece of your own choice.

This can include a standard repertoire piece, a candidate’s own arrangement, a jazz work (including improvisation, music with a backing track) and can be on another saxophone; soprano, tenor, baritone.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors B and F
Harmonic minors C and F#
Melodic minors D and F
Dominant 7ths in key of Bb and F#
Diminished 7ths starting on C sharp and B

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include 2 contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Recorder

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

George Frideric Handel Sonata in D minor (movements 1 and 3)
OR
Harold Genzmer ‘Abends’ No 1 from Klange der Nachct

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Eb (extended) and Ab
Harmonic minors D (extended) and G#
Melodic minors Bb and F
Dominant 7ths in key of C# and A
Diminished 7ths starting on F and A

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Brass

French Horn

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No 1 (movement 1)
OR
Bernhard Krol
Laudato

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Bb and A (3 octaves)
Harmonic minors D (2 octaves) and B (3 octaves)
Melodic minors C (2 octaves) and F# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and A (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths on G and Ab (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Trumpet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Joseph Haydn Concerto in Eb Hob Vlle/1 (movement 1) – performed on Bb or Eb trumpet at your choice
OR
Joseph Edouard Barat Andante et Scherzo (Leduc)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below (to be played on Bb trumpet):

Majors Bb (2 octaves) and E (a 12th)
Harmonic minors B (2 octaves) and F (a 12th)
Melodic minors C (2 octaves) and D (a 12th)
Arpeggios F# major (2 octaves) and C# minor (a 12th)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Db and F (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on Ab and A (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Tenor Trombone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Ferdinand David Concertino (movement 1) – tenor trombone
OR
Morceau Guilmont Morceau Symphonique – tenor trombone

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will be also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors F and A (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors Bb and G (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F and G# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and Db (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on F# and G (2 octaves)
Chromatic scale starting on F (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Bass Trombone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Alexei Lebedev Concerto No 1 – bass trombone
OR
Jan Koetsier Allegro Maestoso – bass trombone

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will be also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors F and A (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors Bb and G (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F and G# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and Db (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on F# and G (2 octaves)
Chromatic scale starting on F (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Tuba

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto (movement 3, including cadenza)
OR
Derek Bourgeois Fantasy Pieces for Tuba No 5

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Scales to be played slurred, legato tongued and staccato:

Majors Bb flat and F (2 octaves)
C harmonic minor (2 octaves)
Ab melodic minor (2 octaves)
Arpeggios Eb major and A minor (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of D and F# (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on B and Db (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Tenor Horn

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Peter Kneale Variations on a Welsh Theme
OR
Vincenzo Bellini (arr Newsome) Oboe Concerto

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Ab and F# (2 octaves)
Harmonic minor B (2 octaves)
Melodic minor G and A (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Db and Eb (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths G and G# (2 octaves)
Arpeggios F and Eb (12th)

 

 

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Euphonium

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Philip Wilby Concert Gallop (Winwood Music)
OR
Derek Bourgeois Allegro energico No 8 from Fantasy Pieces for Euphonium (Brass Wind)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below (treble clef pitch (all two octaves, tongued and legato):

Majors F#, G, Ab and B
Minors (harmonic only) C, A, G and G#

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Cornet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

Dennis Wright Cornet Concerto (movements 1 and 2 or 2 and 3)
OR
Joseph Barat Andante et Scherzo

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Db (a 12th or 2 octaves) and B (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors C (2 octaves) and E (a 12th)
Melodic minors Bb and F# (2 octaves)
Arpeggios Db major and E minor (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on C and A (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the key of D and E (2 octaves)

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

Percussion

Undergraduate

Tuned Percussion
You should prepare ONE piece of your own choice, at least Grade 8 level

Timpani
You should choose and prepare ONE of the following pieces from the ABRSM Grade 8 list:

Modern Times
Tchaikovsky Plus
Waltz Variations

Snare Drum
You should choose and prepare ONE of the following pieces from the ABRSM Grade 8 list:

Sicilienne
Scheherazadia

For the sight-reading element of your audition, you will be asked to take two short tests, one of which will normally be on xylophone.

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

Postgraduate

You should prepare one piece of your 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 a final undergraduate degree recital.

You will also be expected to prepare the following orchestral repertoire excerpts:

Tuned:        

Paul Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice
George Gershwin Porgy and Bess
Dmitry Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon

Snare Drum:

Sergei Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Franz von Suppé Pique Dame

Timpani:     

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 7 (movements 1 and 4)
Igor Stravinsky Danse Sacrale from The Rite of Spring

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

Instruments provided for percussionists auditioning at the RNCM

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 preferred.

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.



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