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.

Undergraduates and postgraduates are required to submit a recorded audition via Acceptd for 2021 entry. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an informal online interview if your Head of School requires further information to aid their decision.

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

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.

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Viola

Undergraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Cello

Undergraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Double Bass

Undergraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Harp

Undergraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Guitar (classical)

Undergraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

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

Postgraduate

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.

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. Why are you applying to the RNCM?
  2. Reviewing your playing as it is now, what aspects would you especially like to develop?
  3. Tell us something about your wider musical interests, for example, music not written solely for your instrument.
  4. Tell us about a concert you have particularly enjoyed, either as a performer or as a member of the audience?
  5. We believe that chamber music is a key part of a musician’s development. Tell us about any chamber music experience you have had and why you think it is an important part of music education.
  6. Do you have any interests or hobbies aside from music?

For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

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