Overseas Auditions

The RNCM holds a series of live auditions for international applicants in several countries.

International applicants who are unable to attend a live audition in these locations are still able to attend a live audition at the RNCM, or to submit an audition by recording. More audition dates and locations will be added as they are confirmed.

Jing Ouyang - PhD

Overseas Auditions for September 2018 entry

More overseas audition dates/locations will be added to this list as they are confirmed. Please contact international@rncm.ac.uk for more information.


University of Southern California – Tuesday 31 October 2017, 9am – 4pm (including Popular Music)

  • Thornton School of Music – 840 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

University of Southern California – Wednesday 1 November 2017, 9am – 4pm (including Popular Music)

  • Thornton School of Music – 840 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

Huntington Beach High School – Sunday 5 November 2017, 10am – 5pm (including Popular Music)

  • 1905 Main St. Huntington Beach, CA 92648



Poly WeDo, Beijing – Tuesday 31 October – Wednesday 1 November 2017

北京保利WeDo艺术空间演奏厅 – 10月31日- 11月1日

  • No. 21 Workers’ Stadium North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • 北京市朝阳区工体北路21号永利国际大厦一层东侧

Dulwich College Shanghai – Wednesday 8 November 2017, 10am – 5pm (including Popular Music)

上海德威英国国际学校 – 2017年11月8日星期三上午10点 – 下午5点

  • 266 LanAn Rd, JinQiao, PuDong, 201206
  • 上海浦东金桥蓝按路266号 邮编:201206

Dulwich College Beijing – Friday 10 November 2017, 10am – 5pm (including Popular Music)

北京德威英国国际学校 – 2017年11月10日星期五上午10点 – 下午5点

  • 89 Capital Airport Road, Legend Garden, Shunyi District, Beijing PRC, 101300
  • 北京市顺义区机场路89号 邮编101300

China-specific enquiries can be directed to:

Professor Song Yi (宋艺)
Tel: +86 13911212507 or 15901066228
Email: songyi783@hotmail.com


South Korea

Dulwich College Seoul – Monday 13 November 2017, 10am – 5pm (including Popular Music)

  • 6 Sinbanpo-ro 15-gil, Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts – Tuesday 14 November 2017, 3pm – 6pm (including Popular Music)

  • 632-18 Jinchon-ri, Samjuk-myeon, Anseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


Performance Requirements for Live Overseas Auditions

All overseas live auditions will be in one round. They will include performance and a brief interview, preferably demonstrating some ability to speak and understand English.

Applicants are invited to bring their own accompanists. Accompanists will not be provided.

Applicants need to attend 30 minutes before their audition time.

Popular Music

UG and PG

One own choice piece and the piece set by RNCM (please see the RNCM Popular Music audition requirements).

School of Keyboard Studies


3-4 pieces (total 15-20 minutes) contrasting in period and style. Candidates are encouraged to play from memory. At least one piece should be performed without the music.

Either one quick study piece (which will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes prior to the audition)

or sight reading.


A 40-minute programme of music in a variety of styles. All pieces should be played from memory.

Either one quick study piece (which will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes prior to the audition)

or sight reading.

School of Strings

UG and PG

Two contrasting pieces: One from baroque/ classical (for e.g. concerto movement)

One other contrasting piece.

Sight Reading: For details on the repertoire choices please check the RNCM School of Strings audition requirements.

School of Vocal Studies and Opera

UG and PG

3 pieces of your own choice totalling not more than 12 minutes, and contrasting in period and style, to be sung from memory.

Sight reading test.

School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

UG and PG

Flute, Clarinet, Bass clarinet*, Oboe, Cor Anglais*, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone (tenor or bass), Tuba, Cornet, Tenor horn, Baritone horn – Euphonium (*PG only)

The candidate should prepare a programme of up to 15 minutes of music, including improvisation if desired (not longer than 5 minutes of the total programme), demonstrating either a broad range of styles, or, if preferred, a specialism which the candidate wishes to pursue at postgraduate level.

In all cases the audition will include a brief interview, preferably demonstrating some ability to speak and understand English. In all cases a short sight-reading test will be required.

Candidates are advised to arrive in time to have up to 20 minutes to warm up before the audition.


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
  • Jean Absil – Fantaisie Caprice
  • Jolivet – Fantaisie Impromptu
  • Gotkovsky – Brillance
  • Milhaud – Scaramouche

This list is ONLY an indication of the standard of repertoire suitable for audition at the RNCM, and candidates should feel free to offer any other equivalent repertoire that they are studying for their audition with us.

The RNCM Saxophone Programme actively encourages students to develop a broad base of skills in all genres, from classical to jazz and improvised music, and so does not have a specific jazz or classical course. Rather, we allow successful applicants to create a bespoke programme of study with our team of saxophone tutors across their course of study. Candidates should therefore offer at least one classical work as outlined above in the first round, as the core of the course involves study of classical technique. They may then offer a jazz-based piece as a contrast.



  • Scales as set for ABRSM grade 8
  • Sight reading test
  • One study (not no. 4) From ‘Five Studies for Finger Control’ by Frans Brüggen
  • One movement from a sonata, suite, partita etc, or concerto from the period 1550–1770
  • One work composed in the 20th or 21st centuries
  • One of the above pieces must be accompanied. Total length of music including study should not be more than 15 minutes

Percussion (duration c. 30 min)


Tuned: own choice piece, at least ABRSM Grade 8 level. The piece presented may be either 2 or 4 mallets at the candidate’s choice.

Timpani: one of the following pieces from ABRSM Grade 8 list:

  • Modern Times
  • Tchaikovsky Plus
  • Waltz Variations

Snare Drum: one of the following pieces from the ABRSM Grade 8 list:

  • Sicilienne
  • Scheherazadia

Two short tests on sight-reading, normally one on xylophone, one on snare drum.


Candidates will be asked to play one piece of their own choice on Tuned Percussion.

Either one or two additional disciplines should be demonstrated.

Indicative list of orchestral repertoire:


  • Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Gershwin: Porgy & Bess
  • Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon

Snare Drum:

  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
  • Suppé: Pique Dame


  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (mvts. 1 and 4)
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (Danse Sacrale)