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.

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.

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

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Oboe

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Clarinet

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Bassoon

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

 

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Saxophone

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

 

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Tenor Saxophone

Undergraduate applicants who currently play tenor saxophone only may audition on this instrument, but should be mindful that they will be required to develop alto saxophone skills during their first year of study.

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should prepare TWO contrasting pieces of your own choice, at the standard of the set works listed for alto/soprano saxophone.

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).

Works can include a standard repertoire piece, a candidate’s own arrangement, a jazz work (including improvisation, music with a backing track), and the panel would like to hear a piece on alto saxophone if possible, even if this is a new skill. If you would like to discuss repertoire requirements prior to audition, please contact Rob Buckland, Senior Tutor in Saxophone and Deputy Head of Chamber Music (Wind, Brass and Percussion).

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

 

Recorder

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Brass

French Horn

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Trumpet

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Tenor Trombone

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Tuba

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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).

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Tenor Horn

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Euphonium

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Cornet

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

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.

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 that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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

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

Percussion

Undergraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Please include THREE pieces within your recording, one on each discipline, ensuring that there is a clear view of your hands and arms throughout.

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).

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 20-minute live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform THREE pieces (one on each discipline) that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability, lasting no longer than five minutes.

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, Drumkit audition requirements, please click here.

Postgraduate

Stage 1 (Recorded)

You should prepare one piece of your own choice on each of the following instruments. Please ensure that there is a clear view of your hands and arms throughout your recording.

Tuned Percussion
Timpani
Snare Drum

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

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 20-minute live audition at the RNCM. Here you should perform THREE short pieces of your own (one on each discipline) that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability. Each piece should last no longer than five minutes.

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, Drumkit audition requirements, please click here.


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