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Choosing where to audition

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The Royal College of Music holds auditions in London, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the USA. Auditions for all courses and all principal studies can be undertaken in London. Auditions for most courses and principal studies can also be undertaken in Asia and the USA.

Video auditions for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the majority of our in-person auditions will now take place via video audition. No live auditions will take place at our overseas venues. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms, excluding second round conducting auditions, which we hope will still take place in person in the spring if government guidance allows.

Further information on deadlines and submission requirements for auditions by video recording can be found here.

All candidates will automatically be considered for scholarships on the basis of their audition, including those who audition by video.

If you already submitted a pre-screening video, this will be used as your video audition. You will not need to submit another video.

Video auditions are assessed on the basis of the video submission and UCAS Conservatoires application. Some applicants may be asked to participate in a short video interview after their audition recording is assessed.

More information on auditioning by recording

Application deadlines, application fees and audition dates vary between locations, as does the availability of RCM accompanists. You are advised to check deadlines, fees and restrictions carefully before selecting an audition venue.

We do not restrict auditionees by nationality at any of our venues. For example, our auditions in China are open to everybody, not just Chinese citizens. If you decide to audition at one of our overseas venues you should make sure you are available on the audition date(s) and that you have the necessary permissions to enter the country. Our audition panels are not at each venue for very long, so it can be difficult to arrange an alternative time if you are unable to make your allotted slot. If you know you will not be available on the required date(s) at a particular venue, you might want to consider a different venue.

UCAS Conservatoires applications

Applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires, unless you are applying for our Doctoral Programme or Exchange Programme (see below). 

Most performers can choose whether to audition in London or at one of our overseas venues. However, due to technical limitations, some principal study specialisms cannot be auditioned at our overseas venues. You can find details of these restrictions by clicking on each of the venues in the list below. For example, applicants for the Artist Diploma in Opera cannot audition overseas. 

Interviews for Composers are not available at our overseas audition venues. Neither are interviews for the MSc in Performance Science and MEd in Music Education.

UCAS Conservatoires application fees - 2021 entry

Using UCAS Conservatoires incurs a £26 application fee. This is in addition to our assessment fees. You cannot use another system. Both the application and assessment fees are paid online through UCAS Conservatoires. If you encounter any problems with their payment system please contact their support team.

Late applications are subject to an additional fee of £10.

Audition by recording

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, any applicant will be allowed to submit a video audition for courses due to commence in 2021. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms, excluding second round conducting auditions, which we hope will still take place in person in the spring if government guidance allows. Candidates auditioning by video will automatically be considered for scholarship.

The UCAS Conservatoires application deadline for auditions by recording has now passed for September 2021 entry. Late applications may be accepted where places remain. Contact admissions@rcm.ac.uk to check availability before submitting a late application.

Restrictions

Different application processes apply for the following courses (please see the relevant course information page for details):

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Doctoral of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Application fees for auditions by recording

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists: £100

How to audition by recording

Your recorded audition should consist of a video recording lasting approximately 20 minutes. Taught postgraduate piano and contemporary piano applicants need to record and submit a varied programme of 50 minutes which includes an advanced étude. Video audition submissions may include more than one file from different performances. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

Candidates should prepare the same repertoire as candidates auditioning in person. Please refer to the audition requirements stipulated by the relevant faculty.

Format 

  • Audio only recordings will not be accepted.
  • Videos should not be edited or have any effects added.
  • Individual excerpts should be uploaded as separate files.
  • Make sure that you clearly label the files with the composer, work and movement.
  • Each uploaded video file should not exceed 4GB. Acceptable file formats include MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MKV, M2V. Alternatively, you can upload links to YouTube.


Tips for preparing a good recording

  • Your video constitutes your audition, so make sure that you are satisfied that it showcases you to the best of your ability.
  • You may find it helpful to practice recording yourself and review your performance before filming your final video.
  • Film your video in a well-lit location, with your camera placed on a stable surface.

  • There are no dress requirements, but you should look professional.
  • Make sure the reviewers can see what you are doing! For example, for pianists it is important that your fingers can be seen.
  • Check the quality of your recording carefully before submission.


Video auditions should be submitted via the RCM submission portal below.

Submit your recording

Some applicants may be asked to participate in a short video interview after their audition recording is assessed. We will provide further information about this and about when you may need to be available after the submission deadline.
 
Successful applicants will have plenty of opportunity to speak to their Head of Faculty or other staff to find out more about studying at the RCM and how the College can support them in achieving their musical ambitions.

Auditions in London, UK

We have been closely monitoring the ongoing situation with coronavirus in the UK, as the safety of our applicants is paramount. As a result, the majority of our auditions that would normally take place in November and December in London will now be conducted via submission of a video recording. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms, excluding second round conducting auditions, which we hope will still take place in person in the spring if government guidance allows.

All candidates will automatically be considered for scholarships on the basis of their audition, including those who audition by video.

 

London audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists: £100
  • Single study composers: £115
  • Single study conductors (postgraduate level only): £115
  • Joint principal study (only available to BMus students): £160

Audition fee waivers are available for UK applicants to the BMus course from low income backgrounds. For further information on eligibility criteria please find out more on our BMus page.

Video pre-screening for conductors for 2021 entry

Conductors are assessed on the basis of a video submission in the first instance. Only those applicants whose videos demonstrate potential are put through to the second round and invited to participate in a live audition.

You should complete your UCAS Conservatoires application and submit your videos online via the RCM submission portal by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

See the conducting page for further information on how to prepare and submit your video audition.

Auditions in Beijing, China

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Hong Kong, China

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Shanghai, China

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Tokyo, Japan

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Singapore

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Seoul, South Korea

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in Bangkok, Thailand

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Auditions in New York City, USA

No auditions at this venue for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, there will not be any auditions in person at this venue. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM has made this decision in response to the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in the audition location.

Audition by video interviews (for composers)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, candidates for Composition and Composition for Screen for 2021 who have been selected for the second stage of the audition process are invited to participate in an interview via video conferencing. You will still be considered for a scholarship using this method.

The application deadline has now passed for Composition courses for September 2021 entry. The Faculty is not currently accepting any further applications.

Application fees for auditions by video interview

  • Single study composers: £115
  • Joint principal study composers (BMus applicants only): £160

Consideration for scholarships when auditioning by video interview

You will still be considered for a scholarship using this audition method.

The application process for composers

Composers are assessed primarily on the basis of their portfolio. Only those applicants whose portfolios demonstrate potential are put through to the second round and invited to participate in an interview. Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, for 2021 entry all Composition interviews will take place by video conferencing. 

You should complete your UCAS Conservatoires application and submit your portfolio online via the RCM submission portal by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

See the Composition Faculty page for further information on how to prepare and submit your composition portfolio.

Non-UCAS Conservatoires applications

Applications for our Doctoral Programme are submitted directly to the RCM. Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, all interviews will now take place via video conferencing. This applies to 2021 entry. Further information on fees and deadlines is available at: 

Doctor of Music, DMus

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

Applications for our Exchange Programme are submitted online using the EASY application system. No live auditions are required, but applicants must submit a recorded audition or composition portfolio. Further information on deadlines is available at: 

Undergraduate exchanges

Postgraduate exchanges

Audition requirements

Candidates for the BMus programme who have applied for joint principal study will be auditioned in both specialisms. The two auditions may or may not be on different dates.

Speak to our Admissions team

If you would like to talk to someone about applying to the Royal College of Music, our audition process or our expected standards, feel free to contact our friendly Admissions team who will be happy to advise you.

Admissions

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk