Percussion

Undergraduate audition requirements for percussion applicants

Warm-up

You will be allocated a room in the Percussion Suite in which to warm up for a period of 20 to 30 minutes before your audition.

Audition

You will be expected to prepare one study/piece from the repertoire below on each of the instruments listed. Should you wish to perform something different from this list, please contact the Head of Department (Adrian.Spillett@bcu.ac.uk) prior to your audition to confirm whether your choice is suitable. You are also welcome to play drum kit if you believe it will enhance your application.

Snare Drum (you are welcome to bring your own snare drum should you wish to):

  • Jacques Delécluse Douze Etudes pour Caisse-Claire
  • Kevin Hathway and Ian Wright Graded Music for Snare Drum, Book IV (Grade 8 pieces only)

Tuned Percussion:

  • Ian Wright Graded Music for Tuned Percussion, Book IV (Grade 8 pieces only)
  • Similar 2-mallet Bach violin or cello suites are also suitable

Timpani:

  • Nick Woud Symphonic Studies for Timpani

Drum Kit (Optional):

  • Should you want to demonstrate your drum kit skills, please bring two contrasting tracks with an audio file or CD to play along to

Sight reading will be asked.

Please bring copies of your music for the panel.

Interview

As part of your audition, there will be an informal interview so the panel can ask you about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician and your career objectives.

The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask the panel questions about the Percussion Department and what life will be like as a musician in Birmingham. The audition and interview together will last for about 20 to 30 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to your audition at the Conservatoire.

Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Percussion Applicants

Warm-up

You will be allocated a room in the Percussion suite in which to warm up for a period of 20 to 30 minutes before your audition.

Audition

You need to present a varied programme that lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This may include solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts and/or a collection of drum kit/Latin/ethnic percussion tracks. Please be in touch with the Head of Percussion (Adrian.Spillett@bcu.ac.uk) prior to your audition to discuss your ideas and the suitability of your programme. Below are two examples of suitable audition repertoire.

Example A

Snare Drum:

  • Delecluse Study No. 9
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
  • Williams Star Wars

Xylophone:

  • Stravinsky Firebird
  • Copland Appalachian Spring
  • Gershwin Porgy & Bess

Timpani:

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5
  • Britten Storm from Sea Interludes
  • A Nick Woud Study

Marimba:

  • Keiko Abe Variations on Japanese Children's Songs

Example B

Drum Kit (with audio playalong):

  • Paich (Toto) Rosanna
  • Wonder Superstition
  • Wilson (Porcupine Tree) Stars Die

Congas, Timbales, Cajon:

  • Puente Oye Como Va
  • Cruz Zamba Malato

Marimba:

  • Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1

Vibraphone:

  • Rackipov Open Attic Window

Snare Drum:

  • Gerassimez Asventuras

Sight reading will be asked.

Please bring copies of your music for the panel.

Interview

As part of your audition, there will be an informal interview so the panel can ask you about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician and your career objectives.

The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask the panel questions about the Percussion Department and what life will be like as a musician in Birmingham. The audition and interview together will last for about 20 to 30 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to your audition at the Conservatoire.