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Composition

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Composition Applicants

Portfolio requirements

Composers must send a portfolio of at least three compositions in any style, and where possible, recordings of some of these works. A broad range of pieces is encouraged, and your portfolio will form the basis of the audition discussion (approximately 25 minutes). Please send us your portfolio within two weeks of applying. 

Interview

The panel will be interested to hear you talk about your artistic influences, your inspiration to be a musician, and your career objectives. It is worth being familiar with compositional trends over the past 50 years and how you relate to these. 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.

Portfolio Submission

All undergraduate and postgraduate Composition candidates (including Jazz Composers) should email portfolios to conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk.

We request that portfolios are submitted as one folder following this format:

Folder title: First Name_Surname_UCAS Applicant ID
Subfolder I - Scores
Subfolder II - Recordings

Composition Department Audition Requirements (International Students)

BMus Hons

Composers must send a portfolio of at least three compositions in any style, and where possible, recordings of some of these works. A broad range of pieces is encouraged.

PGCert/MMus

Composers must send a portfolio of at least three compositions in any style, and where possible, recordings of some of these works. A broad range of pieces is encouraged.

Please visit our Audition Advice page to help you prepare for your virtual audition and interview.

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