We understand that auditions are a significant milestone on every conservatoire applicant’s journey. The guidance below will help you prepare to the best of your abilities and make you aware of what will happen at your Royal College of Music audition.
Your experience will depend on your specialism and your chosen audition location. Follow the faculty links below to check the format of your audition and what repertoire you need to prepare for your instrument.
Most auditions last approximately 15-20 minutes, but some specialisms have longer audition processes, or may require you to attend a second panel usually on the same day.
The majority of your audition will be spent performing your repertoire. In some cases you may also be given a short sight-reading task and asked to perform scales, arpeggios or other technical exercises. The audition will finish with a short discussion with the panel. Typical questions you may be asked include:
- Why do you want to study at the RCM?
- What are your musical interests?
- What do you think you need most to improve?
Joint Principal Study audition
If you have applied for the BMus Joint Principal Study programme, you will be invited to audition on both specialisms. Wherever possible, we try and conduct these auditions on the same day, but this might not be possible due to the panel availability.
For most specialisms, you will be allocated a 15 or 20 minute warm-up prior to your audition. Please note that the time shown on your UCAS Conservatoires account is your audition time, so make sure you arrive in good time to allow for your warm-up.
What should I bring to my audition?
Bring anything needed for your instrument. For example, spike grips for cellos, mutes for brass instruments and sticks for percussionists.
You should also bring any accompaniment parts, but you do not need to bring copies of the music you will be performing for the panel.
After your audition
You will be informed of the result of your audition as soon as possible. If you are successful, you will be sent further information to help you prepare for your studies at the RCM.
Find out more about what happens after your audition