School of Strings – Audition Requirements

This is your chance to shine, showing that you’re a communicative performer who has musical understanding and freedom of expression.

For 2022 entry, undergraduates and postgraduates are required to submit their Stage 1 recorded audition via Acceptd, no later the Friday 29 October. If successful at Stage 1, you may be invited to share more of your personality and discuss your current work and future aspirations via an additional performance and/or interview. You can choose to attend Stage 2 in person at the RNCM, but online options are also available for anyone who would prefer not to travel.

BMus applicants are also required to complete an online test as part of the process. This is because academic studies is a key component of your degree and we want to ensure that you’re in a position to thrive from the outset. The multiple choice test isn’t pass or fail, but the results do tell us about your knowledge of music theory, general musicianship and contextual awareness.

Audition requirements are outlined below, but if you require further information, please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

Violin

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should choose ONE set piece from:

W A Mozart – movement 1 or 3 from any Violin Concerto
Joseph Haydn – movement 1 or 3 from Concerto in C
J S Bach – two contrasted movements from the solo Sonatas or Partitas or the accompanied Sonatas (BWV 1014 – 9 or BWV 1020 – 5)
Georg Telemann – two contrasted movements from the solo Fantasias

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first choice.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Applicants for postgraduate study should perform TWO contrasting works, one of which should be from the baroque/classical period.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Viola

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should choose ONE set piece from:

Franz Anton Hoffmeister  movement 1 from Concerto in D
Franz Anton Hoffmeister  movement 3 from Concerto in D
Franz Anton Hoffmeister  movement 1 from Concerto in Bb
Carl Stamitz  movement 1 from Concerto in D
J S Bach – two contrasted movements from a viola transcription of Bach Cello Suites 2 – 6, to include a Prelude.

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first choice.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person and Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Applicants for postgraduate study should perform TWO contrasting works, one of which should be from the baroque/classical period.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Cello

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should choose ONE set piece from:

Joseph Haydn – movement 1 or 3 from Concerto in C or D
C P E Bach  Concerto in A (edition Salabert (EMS 5391))
J S Bach – two contrasted movements from Suites  2 – 6, to include a Prelude
Luigi Boccherini – movement 1 from Concerto in B flat or G

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first choice.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Applicants for postgraduate study should perform TWO contrasting works, one of which should be from the baroque/classical period.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Double Bass

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should choose ONE from:

Giambattista Cimador – movement 1 from Concerto in G
Giovanni Bottesini – movement 1 from Concerto in A minor
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf – movement 1 from Concerto No 2

Or TWO contrasted movements from:

Antonio Vivaldi – (trans Zimmermann) Cello Sonatas
Benedetto Marcello  Sonatas Op 2
OR
Willem De Fesch  Sonata in G

AND

A piece of your own choice, which contrasts in period and style with your first piece.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Applicants for postgraduate study should perform TWO contrasting works, one of which should be from the baroque/classical period.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Harp

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Prepare TWO contrasting pieces of your own choice. These do not need to be played from memory but should commensurate with a standard of ABRSM Grade 8 or above.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Guitar (classical)

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Prepare TWO contrasting pieces of your own choice. These do not need to be played from memory but should be commensurate with a standard of ABRSM Grade 8 or above. Suggested composers include J.S.Bach, Agustin Barrios, Lennox Berkeley, Leo Brouwer, Napoleon Coste, John Dowland, Roland Dyens, Mauro Giuliani, Manuel Ponce, Joaquin Rodrigo, Domenico Scarlatti, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega, Joaquin Turina and William Walton.

We recommend that you endeavour to choose works that demonstrate your strengths and contain a variety of technical demands and expressive detail.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

For BMus (Hons) Popular Music Guitar audition requirements, please click here.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should perform TWO contrasting works based on the guidelines for undergraduate entrance audition.

Please record your chosen pieces/movements in their entirety where they fit within 15 minutes of recorded material. If longer, please stop at an appropriate point in the music. Cadenzas are not compulsory, but you have the option to include one subject to it fitting within your 15 minutes of music.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform a new piece of ABRSM Grade 8 standard or above lasting no longer than five minutes. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

For MMus Popular Music Guitar audition requirements, please click here.


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