Auditioning for the RCM at an Overseas Audition Centre
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click on the links below for the answers to these FAQs.
Submitting an application
What is the UCAS Conservatoires website and do I have to apply online?
What should I do if I have any difficulties completing the UCAS Conservatoires application?
UCAS Conservatoires has a team of support staff to help you with your application. You can contact them by phone on 0871 468 0470 (or +44 (0) 330 333 0232 if calling from outside the UK).
Are there any courses / principal studies for which it is not possible to audition overseas?
It is only possible to audition/interview for the Artist Diploma in Opera, Msc in Performance Science and Doctoral Programme in London, although Skype interviews are possible for the MSc programme.
In addition, the following principal studies can only be auditioned in London:
- Organ (except Hong Kong)
- Percussion (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
- Harpsichord (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
- Baroque instruments requiring harpsichord accompaniment (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
What should I do if I have problems paying for my application online?
If you have trouble paying by bank card, you can pay by bank transfer instead.
Contact UCAS Conservatoires directly (see above) for details of how to do this.
Do I need to submit a recording for selection for audition?
Currently the RCM does not pre-screen any of its performance courses, so if you apply before the application deadline you will be guaranteed an audition.
The RCM does pre-screen applications for the MSc in Performance Scienceand for Composition. Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the date and time of their audition/interview via UCAS Conservatoires.
What should I do if I miss the application deadline?
The RCM will only consider late applications if there are still places available. Before submitting a late application you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check. Please also note that the application/audition fee is non-refundable.
Choosing a course
Where can I find help deciding what course to apply for?
Please see the information on the Courses section of our website.
What should I do if I think I want to be considered for more than one principal study?
Please see our webpage on applying for more than one principal study.
What is the difference between the MMus and MPerf courses? What should I do if I am not sure which to apply for?
Please see our webpage on applying for more than one course.
Where can I audition for the RCM?
The RCM holds auditions once a year in the following countries: USA, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong. Please see our auditions webpage for more information. The exact venue can change, so you will be sent an email with your arrival instructions when you are notified of your audition.
I have applied but have not been told my audition date yet. When will I find out?
The audition schedule will normally be published a few weeks after the application deadline, depending on how close this is to the scheduled audition date(s). You will be notified of your audition date and time through UCAS Conservatoires.
Why can’t I see my audition time on UCAS Conservatoires?
When your audition details are posted you should receive a notification from UCAS Conservatoires to log into your account and check. Make sure that you click on the hyperlink for your application to the RCM to view these.
What should I do if I can't attend my scheduled audition?
RCM staff only visit our overseas venues once a year and auditions often only take place on one or two days. You are welcome to contact us on email@example.com and we will try to alter your audition time if possible, but please be aware that this may not be possible if the schedule is full.
If you cannot attend you will be offered the chance of being considered by submission of a recording of your performance or composition portfolio instead.
If you cannot attend on the day of your audition (eg due to illness) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I prepare for my audition?
You can find full details of what to prepare for all principal studies on our Audition Pieces pages. In addition to your pieces you will expected to perform a short piece of sight-reading.
Do I need to bring my own accompanist?
If you are auditioning New York the RCM will have an accompanist available for you on the day of your audition. You do not need to notify us in advance if you wish to use our accompanist.
If you are auditioning at any of our other audition venues the RCM unfortunately cannot provide an accompanist so you will need to arrange your own.
I am auditioning in New York. Do I need to tell the RCM accompanist what repertoire I will be playing in advance?
No. Our accompanists are very experienced and familiar with most standard repertoire. You will have 20 minutes to practise with your accompanist before your audition.
I am auditioning for piano accompaniment. Must I bring my own soloists?
The RCM unfortunately cannot provide soloists at its overseas venues, so you will need to bring your own.
Auditions and interviews normally last around 15-20 minutes.
Can I bring my teacher or a page-turner into the audition with me?
No. The RCM does not permit anyone else in the audition room, other than an accompanist.
Will there be a translator provided, or can I bring my own?
No. As your course at the RCM will be taught in English, we expect applicants to be able to communicate in English at audition.
What sort of questions will the audition panel ask?
Some examples of typical questions include:
- Why do you want to study at the RCM and in the UK?
- What are your musical interests?
- What do you think you most need to improve in your playing / singing / composition?
What should I bring to my audition?
Other than your instrument and music, normally you do not need to bring anything (e.g. certificates) to your audition.
Postgraduate pianists are asked to provide a repertoire list (see our Auditions Requirements for details).
Please ensure you bring music for your accompanist and anything you need for your instrument (e.g. cellists should bring a spike grip).
After your audition
How will I be notified of my audition result?
Sometimes successful candidates will be offered a place by the panel on the day of audition, but mostly admissions decisions are taken once the audition panel has returned to the UK. You will be notified of the outcome of your audition via the UCAS Conservatoires website.
Can I have a consultation lesson with an RCM professor to help me decide who I want to study with?
You can contact your Faculty at the RCM to arrange consultation lessons in the UK. See contact details. Lessons take place in the professor’s own time and the fee is paid to them directly (typically £70, although this may vary).
In addition, the RCM’s Head of Keyboard gives a series of one-to-one masterclasses when visiting Tokyo for our auditions. If you are interested in taking part, please contact our local representatives, And Vision on email@example.com. For more information please visit the And Vision website
Does the RCM have a hall of residence where I can live?
Yes. You can find more information on the Hall of Residence website and you will be sent details of how to apply if you are offered a place.
Where can I find information on funding my studies?
You can find lots of information and advice on scholarships and how to find funding on our Fees and Funding pages.
Can’t find the answer to your question here? Contact the Admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)20 7591 4362.