School of Wind, Brass and Percussion – Audition Requirements

This is your chance to shine, so it’s good to remember that during the audition period, we’re looking for candidates who demonstrate exceptional technical skill and musicality.

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.

Wind

Flute

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

J S Bach Sonata in Eb major (movements 1 and 2)
W A Mozart
Concerto in D major (movement 1)
C P E Bach Sonata in A minor (movement 1)
OR
Georg Philipp Telemann Fantasy for solo flute in E major (movements 1 and 2, repeats optional)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You must also demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors F# and Eb (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors F (extended) and G# (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F (2 octaves) and C (3 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of A (2 octaves) and F (3 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on C (3 octaves) and Ab (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Oboe

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

W A Mozart Oboe Quartet in F (movement 1)
Benjamin Britten
 Six Metamorphosis after Ovid (‘Phaeton’ or ‘Niobe’)
Georg Philipp Telemann  12 Fantasias (No 1)
OR
Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphosis after Ovid (Pan)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You must also demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors B and Eb
Harmonic minors D (extended) and F
Melodic minors Db and B
Dominant 7ths in key of E and Ab
Diminished 7ths starting on C# and B

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Clarinet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Bernhard Crusell Concerto Op 5 (movement 3)
Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (Chester Edition)
OR
Bela Kovacs
Homage to Manuel de Falla (Darok Edition).

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You must also demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Eb and F sharp
Harmonic minors G and F sharp
Melodic minors Bb and F
Dominant 7ths in key of B and C
Diminished 7ths starting on F sharp and G

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Bassoon

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

W A Mozart Bassoon Concerto (movement 1)
Gabriel Pierné
Solo de Concours Op 35
OR
Ludwig Milde Concert studies op 26 (Nos 1 and 19)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then prepare a second piece of your own choice.

You must also demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Db/C# (3 octaves) and F# (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors F# (2 octaves) and C (3 octaves)
Melodic minors Eb (2 octaves) and D (3 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in key of Ab (2 octaves) and G (3 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on Eb (2 octaves) and C# (3 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Saxophone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Jean Francaix Cinq Danses Exotiques (any three movements)
Phil Woods Sonata (movements 1 and 2)
Paul Creston Sonata (movements 1 and 2)
Darius Milhaud
 Scaramouche (movements 2 and 3)
Astor Piazzolla Tango Etudes No 5 (alto)
Claude Debussy Syrinx (alto)
OR
Graham Fitkin Braemar (soprano)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then prepare a second contrasting piece of your own choice.

This can include a standard repertoire piece, a candidate’s own arrangement, a jazz work (including improvisation, music with a backing track) and can be on another saxophone; soprano, tenor, baritone.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios:

Majors B and F
Harmonic minors C and F#
Melodic minors D and F
Dominant 7ths in key of Bb and F#
Diminished 7ths starting on C sharp and B

You should pick a comfortable tempo, and choose a variety of articulations across the set scales, for example one slurred, one tongued, and one slur two/tongue two.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Recorder

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece from either:

George Frideric Handel Sonata in D minor (movements 1 and 3)
OR
Harold Genzmer
 ‘Abends’ No 1 from Klange der Nachct

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You must also demonstrate, from memory, the following scales and arpeggios with ranges and extended ranges as specified in the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus:

Majors Eb (extended) and Ab
Harmonic minors D (extended) and G#
Melodic minors Bb and F
Dominant 7ths in key of C# and A
Diminished 7ths starting on F and A

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Brass

French Horn

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No 1 (movement 1)
Bernhard Krol
Laudato
Bernard Mulller Study No 3
OR
Bertold Hummel Suite for solo horn in F Op 64 (movement 4)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Bb and A (3 octaves)
Harmonic minors D (2 octaves) and B (3 octaves)
Melodic minors C (2 octaves) and F# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and A (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths on G and Ab (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Trumpet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Joseph Haydn Concerto in Eb Hob Vlle/1 (movement 1) – performed on Bb or Eb trumpet at your choice
Joseph Edouard Barat
Andante et Scherzo (Leduc)
Otto Ketting Intrada
OR
Peter Maxwell Davies Sonatina for solo trumpet

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below (to be played on Bb trumpet):

Majors Bb (2 octaves) and E (a 12th)
Harmonic minors B (2 octaves) and F (a 12th)
Melodic minors C (2 octaves) and D (a 12th)
Arpeggios F# major (2 octaves) and C# minor (a 12th)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Db and F (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on Ab and A (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Tenor Trombone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Ferdinand David Concertino (movement 1)
Morceau Guilmont 
Morceau Symphonique
J S Bach Sarabande from Suite No 5
OR
Derek Bourgeois Fantasy Pieces (No 7)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will be also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors F and A (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors Bb and G (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F and G# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and Db (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on F# and G (2 octaves)
Chromatic scale starting on F (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Bass Trombone

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Alexei Lebedev Concerto No 1
Jan Koetsier
Allegro Maestoso
J S Bach Sarabande from Suite number 5 (original key)
OR
Derek Bourgeois Fantasy Pieces for Bass Trombone No 7

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will be also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors F and A (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors Bb and G (2 octaves)
Melodic minors F and G# (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Bb and Db (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on F# and G (2 octaves)
Chromatic scale starting on F (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Tuba

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto (movement 3, including cadenza)
Derek Bourgeois
Fantasy Pieces for Tuba No 5
Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for tuba
OR
Walter S Hartley Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate scales, from memory, and arpeggios as below:

Scales to be played slurred, legato tongued and staccato:

Majors Bb flat and F (2 octaves)
C harmonic minor (2 octaves)
Ab melodic minor (2 octaves)
Arpeggios Eb major and A minor (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of D and F# (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on B and Db (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Tenor Horn

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Peter Kneale Variations on a Welsh Theme
Vincenzo Bellini (arr Newsome) Oboe Concerto
Jean-Baptiste Arban Study No 6
OR
J S Bach (arr Piper) Study No 11 from The Well-Tempered Player

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Ab and F# (2 octaves)
Harmonic minor B (2 octaves)
Melodic minor G and A (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the keys of Db and Eb (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths G and G# (2 octaves)
Arpeggios F and Eb (12th)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Euphonium

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Philip Wilby Concert Gallop (Winwood Music)
Derek Bourgeois
 Allegro energico No 8 from Fantasy Pieces for Euphonium (Brass Wind)
Jean-Baptiste Arban Study No 6
OR
Christopher Wiggins Soliloquy IX

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below (treble clef pitch (all two octaves, tongued and legato):

Majors F#, G, Ab and B
Minors (harmonic only) C, A, G and G#

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Cornet

Undergraduate

You should choose ONE set piece (accompanied or unaccompanied) from either:

Dennis Wright Cornet Concerto (movements 1 and 2 or 2 and 3)
Joseph Barat
Andante et Scherzo
Jean-Baptiste Arban Study No 1
OR
Theo Charlier Etudes Transcendantes for Trumpet, Cornet or Flugelhorn (No 2)

Please note: All ‘accompanied’ works can be performed unaccompanied but extended blocks of accompaniment should be ‘cut’ to a give the auditionee a short break only. (approximately 4-6 bars maximum)

Then perform a second piece of your own choice.

You will also be expected to demonstrate, from memory, scales and arpeggios as below:

Majors Db (a 12th or 2 octaves) and B (2 octaves)
Harmonic minors C (2 octaves) and E (a 12th)
Melodic minors Bb and F# (2 octaves)
Arpeggios Db major and E minor (2 octaves)
Diminished 7ths starting on C and A (2 octaves)
Dominant 7ths in the key of D and E (2 octaves)

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

You should perform a programme of your own choice (maximum 20 minutes) to include two contrasting works at an appropriate standard for consideration at Master’s level.

It would be preferred if at least one of these works was from memory, but it is not compulsory.

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Percussion

Undergraduate

We recognise that during this time, it may not be possible for percussion applicants to source all instruments needed to audition via recording. Please contact admissions@rncm.ac.uk to discuss your personal requirements.

For recorded auditions on all percussion instruments, please ensure there is a clear view of your hands and arms. For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Tuned Percussion
You should prepare ONE piece of your own choice, at least Grade 8 level

Timpani
You should choose and prepare ONE of the following pieces from the original* ABRSM Grade 8 percussion list:

Modern Times
Tchaikovsky Plus
Waltz Variations

*If you are currently working towards your Grade 8 exam, please choose a piece from the new syllabus (launched November 2019).

Snare Drum
You should choose and prepare ONE of the following pieces from the original* ABRSM Grade 8 percussion list:

Sicilienne
Scheherazadia

*If you are currently working towards your Grade 8 exam, please choose a piece from the new syllabus (launched November 2019).

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

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

Postgraduate

We recognise that during this time, it may not be possible for percussion applicants to source all instruments needed to audition via recording. Please contact admissions@rncm.ac.uk to discuss your personal requirements. 

For recorded auditions on all percussion instruments, please ensure there is a clear view of your hands and arms. For further advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

You should prepare one piece of your own choice on each of the following instruments:

Tuned Percussion
Timpani
Snare Drum

The level of difficulty should be comparable to that of the pieces played in a final undergraduate degree recital.

You will also be expected to prepare the following orchestral repertoire excerpts:

Tuned:        

Paul Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice
George Gershwin Porgy and Bess
Dmitry Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon

Snare Drum:

Sergei Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Franz von Suppé Pique Dame

Timpani:     

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 7 (movements 1 and 4)
Igor Stravinsky Danse Sacrale from The Rite of Spring

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 do you want to study at the RNCM?
  2. What attracted you to your chosen programme of study?
  3. Talk about the ensemble experience you’ve had?
  4. Can you tell us about your wider interests?
  5. What is your ultimate goal or ambition?

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