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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 at least two weeks before the audition date. A broad range of pieces is encouraged, and your portfolio will form the basis of the audition discussion (approximately 25 minutes).

Audition Workshop – For BMus Composition applicants only

In addition to your audition you will be taking part in a one-hour group workshop. Please bring an instrument of your choice (piano will be provided). In these workshops we will want to see how creatively you might deal with a specific task relating to making music. There is no need to prepare anything.

These workshops will only run during the November and February audition periods.

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 post hard-copy portfolios by by Recorded Delivery to:

Admissions Officer
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Office
Level 2, Millennium Point,
Birmingham City University,
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG

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.

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