Conducting

Audition requirements for Postgraduate Choral Conductors

Audition

International applicants will need to provide a recording of a rehearsal taken in English of no more than 30 minutes in length which covers two contrasting classical choral works i.e; two works from different periods. It is advisable that these works are a piece of ‘early’ music – Renaissance polyphony for example and then something Romantic or contemporary. It Is preferable that during the recordings the choir is visible as well as the conductor.

UK applicants will need to prepare two pieces for audition:

  • Tomkins When David Heard (edited by Fellowes)
  • Gjeilo Ubi Caritas

UK applicants should also be prepared for aural tests of various kinds and sight reading in their interview after the audition.

Interview

As part of your audition there will be an informal interview. The panel will be interested to hear you talk about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician and your career objectives.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask the panel questions about your department and what life will be like as a musician in Birmingham. The interview will also include aural tests.

Audition requirements for Postgraduate Orchestral Conductors

International and EU applicants who have not requested a UK audition please contact conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk for further information.

UK, EU and International applicants who have requested a UK audition will be required to prepare two pieces for audition:

  • The first movement of the orchestral score of La Mer by Debussy, to be rehearsed with a pianist.
  • The Marche Royale and Petit Concert from Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Stravinsky to rehearse with an ensemble.

There will be two stages to the audition. At the first stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the first movement of the orchestral score of La Mer by Debussy. This will be rehearsed with a pianist. There will also be a short interview, to include some aural tests.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend the second stage of auditions.  At this stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the Marche Royale and Petit Concert from Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Stravinsky. This will be rehearsed with an ensemble.

Please note:

  • The pianist and ensemble will be arranged by the Birmingham Conservatoire.
  • The audition in the morning will last approximately 20 minutes and the audition in the afternoon will last approximately 30 minutes.

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