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Pre-screening at overseas audition venues

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Due to high demand for audition slots at the RCM’s overseas venues, performers wishing to audition overseas are required to submit a pre-screening video audition as the first round of the assessment process. Performers applying to audition in London are not required to submit a pre-screening video.

Videos should be submitted at the same time as you complete your UCAS Conservatoires application form, and at the latest by the application deadline.

Videos will be reviewed after the application deadline and performers who are shortlisted will be invited to a live audition at their selected venue. There is no additional assessment fee for applicants invited to the live audition round.

We are planning on holding auditions at our New York audition venue but the RCM will not be auditioning at any of our other overseas venues for 2022 entry, due to the current situation. 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 locations. Applicants who would have auditioned at our overseas venues are invited to submit a video audition.


  • Recordings must be a genuine performance by you.
  • Videos should be of a recent performance, lasting approximately 20 minutes in total.
  • At the start of your video(s) please give a short spoken introduction, stating your name and the work you are about to perform (title, composer, movement).
  • The repertoire requirements for pre-screening are the same as for live audition. Please refer to the audition requirements stipulated by the relevant faculty.
  • Audition pieces that are written with accompaniment must be accompanied in the video.


  • 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 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.

Submitting your recording

You should submit your recording online via the RCM submission portal by 1 November 2021 (just New York).

Submit your video