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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 those unable to audition in person for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, any applicant who is unable to travel to an audition venue will be allowed to submit a video audition for courses due to commence in 2021. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. The submission deadline for video recordings is 19 October 2020, but the deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course.

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

If you plan to audition in person, please note that arrangements may be subject to change. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM is closely monitoring the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in our overseas audition locations. Please check this page regularly for any updates. 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, or a video audition.

If you have already submitted a pre-screening video and you are no longer able to attend a live audition at one of our overseas venues, or if the RCM decides it cannot hold live auditions at your chosen venue, your pre-screening video 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; there is no live interview or second round.

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.

Auditions in London, UK

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The application deadline for UCAS Conservatoires is 1 October 2020. The submission deadline for candidates auditioning by video recording is 19 October 2020. 

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.

London audition dates

Most London auditions and composition interviews will be held in late November to mid-December 2020. If places are still available a small number of late auditions may be held in early 2021. Conducting auditions will be held in February 2021. 

Video auditions for those unable to audition in person for 2021 entry

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, any applicant who is unable to travel to an audition venue will be allowed to submit a video audition for courses due to commence in 2021. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. The submission deadline for video recordings is 19 October 2020, but the deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires remains 1 October 2020. 

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

If you plan to audition in person, please note that arrangements may be subject to change. The safety of our audition candidates is paramount and the RCM is closely monitoring the latest guidance from the UK Government and the authorities in our overseas audition locations. Please check this page regularly for any updates. 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, or a video audition.

More information on auditioning by recording

Audition venue in London

London auditions are held at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington.

Accompanists in London

If you require an accompanist and cannot bring your own the RCM can provide an accompanist for you. You do not normally need to let us know whether you need an accompanist, unless you are applying for Percussion, or provide copies of the music in advance. Please remember to bring a hard copy of the music for the accompanist, digital music is not permitted.

No pre-screening for performers in London for 2021 entry

Performers auditioning in London are not required to submit a pre-screening video as part of their application. Provided your application is submitted by the application deadline, you are guaranteed a live audition. In the event that your circumstances change due to coronavirus and you need to request a switch from a live audition to a video audition, contact our Admissions team on admissions@rcm.ac.uk.

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.

Portfolio screening for composers for 2021 entry

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. 

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.

Consideration for scholarships in London

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Eligibility for scholarships is based on merit, which is determined by performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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.

Applicants for 2021 entry should instead submit a video recording by the deadline of 19 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. All candidates will still automatically be considered for scholarships.

More information on auditioning by recording

Auditions in Hong Kong, China

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The application deadline for UCAS Conservatoires is 15 November 2020.

Video pre-screening is in operation at this venue

The deadline for pre-screening videos is also 15 November 2020. 

More information about pre-screening

Some auditions are not available in Hong Kong for 2021 entry

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Percussion
  • Historical instruments

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Organ auditions

An organ may be available on request, although there are factors beyond the RCM's control that might limit this availability. If you would like to audition on organ in Hong Kong please contact our Admissions team as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Hong Kong audition fees - 2021 entry

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists: £115
  • Joint principal study (only available to BMus students): £160

Audition dates in Hong Kong for 2021 entry

Hong Kong auditions are expected to be held on:

15 January 2021 (confirmed)

17 January 2021 (provisional - subject to confirmation)

Video pre-screening for performers for 2021 entry

Performers auditioning at the RCM’s overseas audition venues are subject to a two-stage assessment process: 

Step 1: applicants submit their application on UCAS Conservatoires and a pre-screening audition video for assessment by the Faculty. Videos must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be valid.

Step 2: applicants short-listed by the panel are invited to attend a live audition.

If you have already submitted a pre-screening video and you are no longer able to attend a live audition at one of our overseas venues, or if the RCM decides it cannot hold live auditions at your chosen venue, your pre-screening video 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; there is no live interview or second round.

Preparing and submitting pre-screening videos

Audition venue in Hong Kong for 2021 entry

Hong Kong auditions will be held at multiple venues.

Accompanists in Hong Kong for 2021 entry

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Hong Kong for 2021 entry

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Eligibility for scholarships is based on merit, which is determined by performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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.

Applicants for 2021 entry should instead submit a video recording by the deadline of 19 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. All candidates will still automatically be considered for scholarships.

More information on auditioning by recording

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.

Applicants for 2021 entry should instead submit a video recording by the deadline of 19 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. All candidates will still automatically be considered for scholarships.

More information on auditioning by recording

Auditions in Singapore

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The application deadline for UCAS Conservatoires is 15 November 2020.

Video pre-screening is in operation at this venue

The deadline for pre-screening videos is also 15 November 2020. 

More information about pre-screening

Some auditions are not available in Singapore for 2021 entry

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Historical instruments

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Singapore audition fees - 2021 entry

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists: £100
  • Joint principal study (only available to BMus students): £160

Audition dates in Singapore for 2021 entry

Singapore auditions will be held on 9 January 2021.

Video pre-screening for performers for 2021 entry

Performers auditioning at the RCM’s overseas audition venues are subject to a two-stage assessment process: 

Step 1: applicants submit their application on UCAS Conservatoires and a pre-screening audition video for assessment by the Faculty. Videos must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be valid.

Step 2: applicants short-listed by the panel are invited to attend a live audition.

If you have already submitted a pre-screening video and you are no longer able to attend a live audition at one of our overseas venues, or if the RCM decides it cannot hold live auditions at your chosen venue, your pre-screening video 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; there is no live interview or second round.

Preparing and submitting pre-screening videos

Audition venue in Singapore for 2021 entry

School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA)

Accompanists in Singapore for 2021 entry

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Singapore for 2021 entry

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Eligibility for scholarships is based on merit, which is determined by performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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.

Applicants for 2021 entry should instead submit a video recording by the deadline of 19 October 2020. The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. All candidates will still automatically be considered for scholarships.

More information on auditioning by recording

Auditions in Bangkok, Thailand

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The application deadline for UCAS Conservatoires is 15 November 2020.

Video pre-screening is in operation at this venue

The deadline for pre-screening videos is also 15 November 2020. 

More information about pre-screening

Some auditions are not available in Bangkok for 2021 entry

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Historical instruments

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Bangkok audition fees - 2021 entry

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists: £100
  • Joint principal study (only available to BMus students): £160

Audition dates in Bangkok for 2021 entry

Bangkok auditions will be held on 20 January 2021.

Video pre-screening for performers for 2021 entry

Performers auditioning at the RCM’s overseas audition venues are subject to a two-stage assessment process: 

Step 1: applicants submit their application on UCAS Conservatoires and a pre-screening audition video for assessment by the Faculty. Videos must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be valid.

Step 2: applicants short-listed by the panel are invited to attend a live audition.

If you have already submitted a pre-screening video and you are no longer able to attend a live audition at one of our overseas venues, or if the RCM decides it cannot hold live auditions at your chosen venue, your pre-screening video 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; there is no live interview or second round.

Preparing and submitting pre-screening videos

Audition venue in Bangkok for 2021 entry

Bangkok auditions will be held at Shrewsbury School.

Accompanists in Bangkok for 2021 entry

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Bangkok for 2021 entry

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Eligibility for scholarships is based on merit, which is determined by performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers. There is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in New York City, USA

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The application deadline for UCAS Conservatoires is 15 November 2020.

Video pre-screening is in operation at this venue

The deadline for pre-screening videos is also 15 November 2020. 

More information about pre-screening

Some auditions are not available in New York for 2021 entry

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Historical instruments

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy

New York audition fees - 2021 entry

  • Joint principal study (only available to BMus students): £160
  • All other candidates: £115

Audition dates in New York for 2021 entry

New York auditions will be held on 9 and 10 February 2021.

Video pre-screening for performers for 2021 entry

Performers auditioning at the RCM’s overseas audition venues are subject to a two-stage assessment process: 

Step 1: applicants submit their application on UCAS Conservatoires and a pre-screening audition video for assessment by the Faculty. Videos must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be valid.

Step 2: applicants short-listed by the panel are invited to attend a live audition.

If you have already submitted a pre-screening video and you are no longer able to attend a live audition at one of our overseas venues, or if the RCM decides it cannot hold live auditions at your chosen venue, your pre-screening video 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; there is no live interview or second round.

Preparing and submitting pre-screening videos

Audition venue in New York for 2021 entry

New York auditions will be held at the DiMenna Centre, New York City.

Accompanists in New York for 2021 entry

If you require an accompanist and cannot bring your own the RCM can provide an accompanist for you. You do not normally need to let us know whether you need an accompanist or to provide copies of the music in advance. Please remember to bring a hard copy of the music for the accompanist, digital music is not permitted.

Consideration for scholarships in New York for 2021 entry

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Eligibility for scholarships is based on merit, which is determined by performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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 can choose to have a video interview instead of an interview in London. You will still be considered for a scholarship using this method.

Applications for entry in September 2021 will open on 16 July 2020. The application deadline is 1 October 2020. 

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. 

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.

Audition by recording

Wherever possible, we recommend that performance candidates attend a live audition. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, any applicant who is unable to travel to an audition venue will be allowed to submit a video audition for courses due to commence in 2021. This applies to all Principal Study specialisms. Candidates auditioning by video will automatically be considered for scholarship.

Applications for entry in September 2021 are now open. The submission deadline for video recordings is 19 October 2020, but the deadline for submitting applications to UCAS Conservatoires depends on the audition venue and course.

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.

Tips for preparing a good recording

  • Your video constitutes the first stage of your assessment, 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.


You should complete your UCAS Conservatoires application form and submit your recording online via the RCM submission portal below by the application deadline. The information you upload to the portal does not constitute your entire application, but does form an integral part of it. You should ensure you have provided everything that is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit your recording

Non-UCAS Conservatoires applications

Applications for our Doctoral Programme are submitted directly to the RCM. Live interviews are only available in London (subject to UK government guidance with the coronavirus situation) although if you are unable to travel an interview by video-conferencing will be possible. 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