Strings

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Strings Applicants

Rehearsal

An official accompanist will be arranged for your audition and you will be given the opportunity to rehearse with them, but please note that that rehearsal time will be limited to about 10 minutes. If you are bringing your own accompanist, you will be allocated a room so that you can rehearse with your accompanist for 25 minutes prior to your audition. Please can you inform us if you will be bringing your own accompanist.

Harp and Guitar (Classical) applicants, will be allocated a room to warm-up in for a period of 25 minutes before your audition.

Audition

Candidates will be asked to play a 10-15 minute programme, with undergraduate applicants also given a sight reading. Please see instrument-specific requirements below:

  • Cello Candidates must perform the first movement of either Haydn C or D Major Concertos with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and a contrasting piece of your own choice.
  • Classical Guitar Applicants must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice. All Candidates will be asked to play scales and sight read.
  • Double Bass The first movement of a Classical Concerto or any two movements of solo Bach and a contrasting piece or movement.
  • Harp (undergraduate applicants) Candidates must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice. All candidates will be asked to play scales and sight read.
  • Harp (postgraduate applicants) Candidates will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration this may be drawn from the concerto repertoire. Candidates can draw their pieces from the solo repertoire.
  • Viola Candidates must perform the first movement of Stamitz or Hoffmiester Concerto in D or B flat with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and a contrasting piece of your own choice.
  • Violin Candidates must perform the first movement of a Mozart Concerto with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and A contrasting piece of your choice.
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 audition and interview together will last for about half an hour. You will be invited to arrive before the audition for a warm-up that will also last 30 minutes.