School of Vocal Studies and Opera – Audition Requirements

2021 Entry: Due to the volume of on-time applications received, we are unable to accept late applications for undergraduate and postgraduate sopranos.

You may already demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency, musicality, confidence and communication in your performance, but at audition we’re also looking for singers and repetiteurs with natural talent, curiosity and a desire to train to be a professional.

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.

Full audition requirements are outlined below, but if you’ve any queries please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Singers

Please select THREE pieces of your own choice totalling no more than 12 minutes, contrasting in period and style to be sung from memory. Please introduce each piece by giving only the title and composer. (Please also list your three pieces in your Acceptd application.)

You must also prepare and present a short spoken passage in Standard English which can be either prose or poetry, or, indeed, an extract from a newspaper article. This is to assess your spoken voice, to see whether you are aware of pitch, pace, energy, resonance and so on. You do not need to perform this from memory.

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. What interests you about coming to study at the RNCM?
  2. Is there a style or era of music for which you have particular enthusiasm?
  3. Which concerts you have been involved in do you especially remember, and why?
  4. Which performances you have attended, or heard, or seen, do you especially remember, and why?
  5. What excites you most about study in a conservatoire?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Repetiteurs (Postgraduate only)

Please prepare, of you own choice, ONE piano solo (five minutes maximum) from the Early Romantic or Romantic period, and TWO operatic excerpts (10 minutes maximum) containing more than one character (sing in vocal parts optional).

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. What interests you about coming to study at the RNCM?
  2. Is there a style or era of music for which you have particular enthusiasm?
  3. Which concerts you have been involved in do you especially remember, and why?
  4. Which performances you have attended, or heard, or seen, do you especially remember, and why?
  5. What excites you most about study in a conservatoire?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.