You should plan to arrive at the RCM at least 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time. We advise allowing plenty of extra time for travelling into or across London. If you are caught in an unavoidable delay, please telephone the Admissions team immediately so that, wherever possible, alternative arrangements can be made.
When you arrive at the RCM, you should find out from the steward in the entrance hall where your audition will take place.
Strings auditions last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates will be directed by the panel to perform their audition pieces or particular extracts. We cannot say in advance which extracts you might be asked to perform, so you should prepare all of the materials in full. You will be required to take a sight-reading test and there will be a short interview.
There is a two-phase audition process for violin, viola and cello applicants. Some candidates will be referred to a second panel, which is held later the same day. However, candidates who are referred should not assume they are definitely being offered a place. Similarly, if you are not referred, please do not assume you have been unsuccessful.
You will have 20 minutes of warm-up time with your accompanist. We are not able to provide practice rooms for you to use before this.
We recommend bringing your own accompanist and that you work closely with them in preparation for your audition. The RCM can provide an accompanist for you on the day of your audition, but not beforehand.
If you require an RCM accompanist you do not need to tell us in advance.
You do not need to tell us what you are performing in your audition and please do not send copies of the music in advance.