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.

Overseas Auditions for September 2019 entry

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts – 27th October 2018
  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts – 28th October 2018

Please contact international@rncm.ac.uk for more information.


We are holding a series of auditions in China in 2018. Please see the full schedule here.

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)