Your Audition

Auditions are an integral part of the conservatoire application process. They’re a chance for you to excel, share your personality and get to know us a little better too, so it’s important that you’re as prepared as possible.

2023 Entry

Applications for 2023 entry closed on Monday 3 October 2022. Late applications will be accepted until Friday 28 October for all courses except GRNCM (‘Joint Course’). Composition applicants must get in touch with the RNCM Admissions team to enquire about availability prior to submitting their application.

Our audition processes vary so it’s important to check the specific requirements for your principal study option by clicking on the School of Study you’re hoping to join below. We’ve also listed some key information and dates to help you understand the process before you get started:

Important Information

  • All auditions will follow a 2 stage process.
  • Stage 1 video auditions must be submitted via Acceptd.
  • Applicants invited to attend a stage 2 audition in person at the RNCM in Manchester will be notified of their time and date via their UCAS Conservatoires application.
  • All applicants (except Conducting) can opt to take their Stage 2 audition online at the point of application; this means that if you’re unable to travel to the College, you can follow the online process for your principal study choice wherever you are in the world.
  • All BMus applicants must take an online multiple choice theory test as part of their application; details for this, including deadlines and access instructions, will be sent by email following the on time application deadline.
  • Joint principal study applicants must audition for each of their choices and should follow the individual requirements for each of their instrument/discipline choices.

Key Dates

  • The deadline for on-time applications was Monday 3 October 2022. We are still accepting late applications for all courses except our GRNCM course (‘Joint Course’), International Artist Diploma and conducting courses.
  • Late applications must be submitted as soon as possible. Please get in touch with the RNCM Admissions team to enquire about availability prior to submitting an application.

Any Questions?

Every Tuesday and Friday during term time, our Admissions Team host informal one-to-one sessions to give applicants the chance to ask any questions about studying at the RNCM. They’ll cover everything from Student Visas and English Language Requirements to fees and finance, living in Manchester and accommodation.

There’s no need to book, simply click on one of the Zoom links below and someone will be happy to help.

Tuesdays: 15:00 – 16:00 (UK time)

Fridays: 9:00 – 10:00 (UK time)

Advice Auditions

If your performance ability is around ABRSM Grade 8 standard or equivalent, and you want to find out if conservatoire study at the RNCM is right for you, you can apply for an Advice Audition.

These are available during January – June each year and cost £75 (£35 of which will be refunded if you apply for an entry audition within 12 months).

Please contact [email protected] to request an application form.

Overseas Auditions

Overseas auditions are held in select locations throughout the year. They are conducted in English and replicate the audition process held at the College.

For 2023 Entry, we encourage you to submit an application before the main deadline and attend an online audition where possible, to ensure you receive your application outcome as quickly as possible.

Our official agents and ambassadors can assist you with your application and audition:

Hong Kong (Agent)
Clarence Lam
T +852 56299625
E[email protected] 

Japan (Agent)
And Vision
T 03-5577-4500
E [email protected]

PR China 
RNCM Admissions
T  +44 (0)161 907 5226
E[email protected]


Singapore (Agent)
Pauline Lee
T  +65 98772852
E[email protected] 

South Korea (Agent)
Jae-Moon Lee
T +82 10 8799 5324
E[email protected]