How to Apply and Fees

Selection for Junior RNCM is made following auditions held each March/April for entry in September. The closing date for applications is 1 March each year.


Click here for information on how to apply and to access the online application form.

Once we have received your completed online application and audition fee, we will email you with further details regarding the audition.

If you have any further enquiries, please email

Entry requirements

The prime criterion for entry is suitability for intensive training. Successful candidates must demonstrate to the audition panel that they possess basic musicality, resolution and potential sufficient to indicate realistic promise of a career in music.

Present attainment of successful applicants will depend on such factors as age and length of study, but as a rough guide we would expect Associated Board Grade 5 distinction level on Principal Study from our younger applicants.


Applicants are asked to prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting pieces on their Principal Study
  • One piece on their Second Study
  • In addition, sight reading (Principal Study) and musicianship tests may be given.

All candidates are required to use the accompanist provided and time is given for rehearsal before audition.

All students at the Junior RNCM are re-auditioned annually.

Open Day

Our next Open Day will take place on Saturday 9 February 2019.

Prospective students sometimes choose to come and spend the day with us, shadowing one of our Juniors. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Ava Podgorski, Junior RNCM Administrator on 0161 907 5264 or

Fees and Finance

The Fees for 2018/19 year are:

Junior (Standard) £3,930
Junior (Foundation) £2,790

Fees are payable in advance and may be paid annually, termly or by ten months Standing Order. One full term’s notice is required for withdrawal of a student from the Junior RNCM, otherwise the fees must be paid.

The Junior RNCM now receives some funding from the Department of Education through the Music and Dance Scheme, directed towards bursaries for students who could not otherwise afford to participate. Awards are also made by some Local Education Authorities to cover full or partial fees and travel expenses. Early application to your LEA Music Advisor is recommended. A certain number of scholarships and bursaries are available from the Junior RNCM annually for those who are ineligible for a Local Education Authority Award and are allocated according to financial need by an independent committee. In all cases applications should be made through the Junior RNCM Bursary application procedure where a confidential financial statement is requested.