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Brass

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Brass Performers

Auditions for entry in September 2022

We intend to hold live in-person auditions in Birmingham where possible, keeping in line with government guidance.

If you live in the United Kingdom and intend to audition in person, please submit an audition recording by the 25th of October 2021 following our audition requirements below.

We will hold your audition recording on file and refer to it if there are changes to government guidance which impact our ability to hold live auditions.

Once your application has been submitted we will contact you via e-mail with information on how to upload your audition recording/portfolio to the MySRS portal.

UK Applicants will also have the option of attending a Virtual Audition instead of a live audition.

International Applicants who are resident outside of the United Kingdom should submit an audition recording within two weeks of applying or attend one of our International Audition Centres.

Audition

Applicants must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice.

All Candidates may be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight reading, and trumpet applicants may be asked for some transposition in C.

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. During your virtual interview, as well as a selection of scales, we might ask you to play part of your audition piece(s) again. This will be an informal opportunity for us to work together and get to know you better as a musician and performer.

Audition Requirements for Postgraduate Brass Performers

Auditions for entry in September 2022

We intend to hold live in-person auditions in Birmingham where possible, keeping in line with government guidance.

If you live in the United Kingdom and intend to audition in person, please submit an audition recording by the 25th of October 2021 following our audition requirements below.

We will hold your audition recording on file and refer to it if there are changes to government guidance which impact our ability to hold live auditions.

Once your application has been submitted we will contact you via e-mail with information on how to upload your audition recording/portfolio to the MySRS portal.

UK Applicants will also have the option of attending a Virtual Audition instead of a live audition.

International Applicants who are resident outside of the United Kingdom should submit an audition recording within two weeks of applying or attend one of our International Audition Centres.

Audition

Performance candidates will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration which may be drawn from the concerto or concert repertoire. You should also prepare two contrasting orchestral excerpts and trumpet players should be prepared to transpose.

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. During your virtual interview we will ask you to play excerpts from your audition repertoire. This will be an informal opportunity for us to work together and get to know you better as a musician and performer.

Brass Quintet

Candidates must audition as an ensemble and individually.

Requirements are the same for live and recorded auditions.

Brass Quintets should present a varied programme of contrasting periods and styles lasting c. 20 minutes and including one original work.

Individual candidates will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration. This may include concert pieces or concerto movements.

Brass players should also prepare two contrasting orchestral excerpts.