Conducting

Audition requirements for Postgraduate Choral Conductors

Audition

International applicants will need to provide a recording of a rehearsal taken in English of no more than 30 minutes in length which covers two contrasting classical choral works i.e; two works from different periods. It is advisable that these works are a piece of ‘early’ music – Renaissance polyphony for example and then something Romantic or contemporary. It Is preferable that during the recordings the choir is visible as well as the conductor.

UK applicants will need to prepare two pieces for audition:

  • Poulenc Salve Regina (from the European Sacred Music volume published by OUP)

  • Tomkins When David Heard (CPDL: Stuart Macintosh edition)

UK applicants should also be prepared for aural tests of various kinds and sight reading in their interview after the audition.

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 interview will also include aural tests.

Audition requirements for Postgraduate Orchestral Conductors

Applicants will only be auditioned live in the UK on 13 and 14 February 2020.  Applicants who apply after this audition period will not be guaranteed an audition.

Please contact conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk for further information.

All applicants invited to a UK audition will be required to prepare two pieces:

  • The first movement of the orchestral score of La Mer by Debussy, to be rehearsed with a pianist.
  • The Marche Royale from Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Stravinsky to rehearse with an ensemble.

There will be two stages to the audition. At the first stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the first movement of the orchestral score of La Mer by Debussy. This will be rehearsed with a pianist. There will also be a short interview, to include some aural tests.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend the second stage of auditions.  At this stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the Marche Royale from Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Stravinsky. This will be rehearsed with an ensemble.

Please note:

  • The pianist and ensemble will be arranged by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
  • The Stage 1 audition will last approximately 20 minutes and the Stage 2 audition will last approximately 30 minutes.

Please be prepared to spend the day at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as we will not be able to give you the result of your Stage 1 audition until we have heard all applicants.

Audition requirements for Postgraduate Brass Band Conductors

Applicants will only be auditioned live in the UK on 12th February 2020. Applicants who apply after this audition period will not be guaranteed an audition.

Please contact conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk for further information.

All applicants invited to a UK audition will be required to prepare two pieces:

  • Alla Burlesca - Gilbert Vinter. You will be asked to direct a brass quartet.
  • Year of the Dragon (1st movement) – Philip Sparke. You will be asked to rehearse with a brass band.

There will be two stages to the audition. At the first stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the Alla Burlesca by Gilbert Vinter. This will be rehearsed with a brass quartet. There will also be a short interview which may include some aural tests.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend the second stage of auditions. At this stage of the audition you will be asked to demonstrate your conducting abilities through a rehearsal of the Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke. This will be rehearsed with a brass band.

Please note:

  • Scores and ensembles will be provided by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
  • The Stage 1 audition will last approximately 20 minutes and the Stage 2 audition will last approximately 30 minutes.

Please be prepared to spend the day at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as we will not be able to give you the result of your Stage 1 audition until we have heard all applicants.

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