How to Apply and Fees

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

Junior RNCM cellist

Entry requirements

The specialised musical training we offer means that entry is highly competitive. We receive a large number of applications from exceptionally talented young musicians and those accepted usually study with us for a minimum of two years.

To give a brief idea of what’s needed, successful candidates possess a combination of musicality, commitment and the potential to pursue music at conservatoire level. We know that the musical achievements of each applicant will vary depending on age, but we expect our younger to have ABRSM Grade 5 distinction on their Principal Study instrument.


The audition panel consists of the Head of Junior RNCM and a specialist in the candidate’s Principal Study. All candidates are required to use the official accompanist provided, and time is given for rehearsal before audition. Candidates are asked to prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting pieces on their Principal Study instrument/voice
  • One piece on their Second Study (if applicable)

There may also be sight reading (Principal Study), theory questions and an aural test to ascertain a candidate’s musical potential. The panel will also ask questions about the candidate’s general music interest, previous experience and future aspirations. There will also be the opportunity for any questions about the Junior RNCM to be answered. All audition dates are agreed at the discretion of the Head of Junior RNCM. All candidates receive their results in writing shortly after the audition. The decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Pupils are placed with tutors at the discretion of the Head of Junior RNCM. Opportunities are given for preferences to be expressed, and these will be given careful consideration.


Each year Junior RNCM students are re-auditioned in order to retain their place on the course. During the re-audition, they must demonstrate satisfactory and significant progress in all areas of the Junior RNCM curriculum in addition to ongoing punctuality, attendance and commitment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their timetables with the panel and set goals for the future.

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 Junior RNCM are re-auditioned annually.

Open Day

Our next Open Day events will take place in the Spring term, for the September 2021 intake.

Prospective students and parents looking for more information should contact  0161 907 5264 or

Fees and Finance

The Fees for 2019/20 year are:

Junior (Standard) £4,090
Junior (Foundation) £2,900

Fees are payable in advance annually, termly or by standing order over 10 months, and we require one term’s notice if a student wishes to withdraw.

We have a limited number of scholarships and bursaries available for cases of financial hardship. Applications for these are made once the audition process is over and offers have been made. Please contact the Junior RNCM Administrator on 0161 907 5264 for more information.


Junior RNCM is generously supported by The Eric and Margaret Kinder Charitable Trust, The Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust, The Joan Twining Award, The Leverhulme Trust, The Stoller Charitable Trust, The William and Frances Dobie Charitable Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The ABRSM, Awards for Young Musicians, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Ida Carroll Trust, The Sir John Fisher Foundation, The Graucob Music Awards, The Junior RNCM Endowment Trust, The RNCM Access Fund, RNCM Pathfinder, The Sylvia Swiffin Trust and the Department for Education – Music and Dance Scheme.

Junior RNCM students in multicoloured 'Junior RNCM' hoodies