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Composition

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Composition Applicants

Virtual Auditions

For entry in September 2021, virtual auditions are in operation. Please submit a portfolio as one zipped file to conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk following the requirements below.

Please send us your portfolio by 23 October 2020 in order to be considered during our main audition period. Applicants who apply after the 1 October deadline are requested to submit their portfolios within two weeks of applying.

As part of your audition you will be invited to attend a virtual interview. Details of your virtual interview will be submitted to UCAS Conservatoires so please keep a close eye on your UCAS Conservatoires track.

We know that attending a virtual audition will be a new experience for many of our applicants so we have prepared detailed guidance and advice on our Audition Advice page to help you prepare for your virtual audition and interview.

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).

Virtual 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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