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Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Brass Performers

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.

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.

Audition

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

Candidates will also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) sight reading and transposition in C for Trumpet applicants.

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 last 25 minutes.

Audition Requirements for Postgraduate Brass Performers

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.

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 by email if you will be bringing your own accompanist.

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. 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 last 25 minutes.