Music Open Day

Music Open Day

Thursday 25 January, 10am – 4pm

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Auditions

Preparing for your audition

Read through the information below. Your audition details will be submitted to UCAS Conservatoires so please keep a close eye on your UCAS Conservatoires track. We will also send an email notifying you that audition details have been submitted which will give general information needed for the day.

If you do not already have them please read our Audition Requirements and decide on your repertoire. If you have any specific queries about the requirements please contact us and we will be happy to advise: conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

Tips for your audition day

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Given the unforeseen travel delays often experienced by candidates in the past, please aim to arrive earlier than your official arrival time, especially if a long journey is involved.

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Download and print travel and parking directions (please note that there is no parking at the Conservatoire itself).

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When you arrive for your audition, please enter the building via the main entrance (Adrian Boult Hall). Here you will see the auditions reception where you will register for your audition and be given details about your audition i.e. rooms.

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At the auditions reception the admissions staff will also detail any tours, events and activities you might be interested in attending throughout the day.

Making the most of your audition

Competitive auditions can be daunting. If you haven't already seen it, you might want to have a look at Making the most of your audition. Produced in collaboration with other UCAS Conservatoires, these practical hints and tips explain how to get the most out of a conservatoire audition.

Audition in more than one Principal Study Area

If you have applied in two principal study areas by selecting alternative principal study, you will be required to attend two separate auditions. Where possible, we will schedule these on the same day and with sufficient time between them for you to warm up if necessary.

All candidates should note that a second study audition is not required.

On the day

All candidates and their parents are invited to take a look round the building in the company of one of our current students, who will also lead walking-tours of the city centre and the immediate surroundings of the Conservatoire.

There will not be any tours of the accommodation available on the day, but there will be plenty of information leaflets you can pick up about this and please ask our staff any questions that you may have.

There will be details of concerts, rehearsals and other activities taking place throughout the building during auditions week so please take advantage of having a listen in on some of these. These will help give you a great feel of our Conservatoire and are an example of what our students do here.
 
Refreshments will be available in the coffee bar situated in the Conservatoire. There are also several restaurants, bars and fast-food outlets nearby.

Travelling

If you have to travel a considerable distance and require advice about overnight accommodation, you should contact the Birmingham Visitor Information Centre (Telephone: +44 (0)121 202 5099).

Dress code

Applicants are encouraged to dress smart but also to be comfortable in what they are wearing.

Good luck with your audition preparation. We look forward to meeting you.