Your Audition

Auditions are an integral part of the conservatoire application process. They provide a chance for you to excel and it’s important that you’re as prepared as possible.

For on time applicants, auditions take place at the RNCM during November and December, but we also hold auditions in selected countries throughout the year and in some instances it may be possible to audition via recording.

2021 Entry

The application deadline for 2021 entry was 1 October 2020 and the review period for on-time applicants has now taken place. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability. Due to the volume of on-time applications received, we are currently unable to accept late applications for undergraduate and postgraduate sopranos.

Please note that due to ongoing restrictions associated with Covid-19 auditions for 2021 are by recording in the first instance. All dates and deadlines remain unchanged. 

At this uncertain time, our Admissions Team will be happy to accommodate specific audition requests where possible. Please email if you have any questions or concerns. 

2022 Entry

Applications for 2022 entry open in mid-July and close on 1 October 2021. Full details about the audition process, including specific instrument requirements, will be announced over the coming weeks.

Advice Auditions

If you want to get a better idea of whether the RNCM is right for you, you can apply for an Advice Audition. These are available during January – June each year and currently cost £75 (£35 of which will be refunded if you apply for an entry audition within 12 months). Please contact to request an application form.

Onsite Auditions

We hold auditions at the RNCM every November and December.

Covid-19: Due to restrictions associated with COVID-19 and the ongoing effect this will have into the Autumn Term, applicants for September 2021 entry should audition by recording in the first instance. 

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. 

Covid-19: all overseas visits are currently postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we hope to travel as soon as we can. Please revisit this page over the coming weeks for further information.

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

Hong Kong (Agent)
Clarence Lam
T +852 56299625 

Japan (Agent)
And Vision
T 03-5577-4500

PR China (Agent)
Professor Song Yi
T +86 13911212507 or 15901066228 

Singapore (Agent)
Pauline Lee
T  +65 98772852 

South Korea (Agent)
Jae-Moon Lee
T +82 10 8799 5324

Recorded Auditions

You can submit an audition by recording via Acceptd. Your recording must meet the relevant requirements for your instrument and course, and include a five-minute spoken introduction, in English, and answers to a set of interview questions provided in advance.

Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for further assessment or an informal interview if your Head of School requires further information to aid their decision.

If you receive and accept an offer following your recorded audition, you may be required to sit an induction assessment on arrival in September. This is to confirm that you are the person in the recording and that your level of playing has not declined.

Click here for further information.  


COVID-19 Update: In order to provide the best possible student experience over the coming months and to ensure maximum access for staff and students while social distancing is in place, the RNCM will remain closed to the public until further notice. More information...