Music Open Day

Music Open Day

Thursday 25 January, 10am – 4pm

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Early Music

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Warm-up

You will be allocated a warm-up room for a period of 30 minutes before your audition. Keyboard candidates will use the same instrument for warm-up and audition.

Audition

  • Harpsichord You will be asked to perform three pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods, including 20th century, of your own choice. Candidates may also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight read.
  • Fortepiano You will be asked to perform three pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of your own choice. Candidates may also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight read.
  • Baroque Strings (violin, viola, cello, viol/viola da gamba) You will be asked to perform two movements from a late baroque sonata or suite (Bach, Corelli, Handel, etc), and one other contrasting free choice piece (or movement) from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Transcriptions are acceptable for viola applicants. Candidates may also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight read.
  • Baroque Wind (flute, oboe, bassoon) You will be asked to perform two movements from a late baroque sonata or suite (Bach, Corelli, Handel, etc), and one other contrasting free choice piece (or movement) from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Transcriptions are acceptable for viola applicants. Candidates may also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight read.
  • Recorder Please see Recorder Department page.
  • Plucked Strings (lute, theorbo, archlute) You will be asked to perform three pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of your own choice appropriate to your instrument.

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 also last 30 minutes.

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

Warm-up

You will be allocated a warm-up room for a period of 30 minutes before your audition. Keyboard candidates will use the same instrument for warm-up and audition.

Audition

  • Harpsichord You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods. Candidates may also be asked demonstrate ability to play figured bass at sight.
  • Organ You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration.
  • Fortepiano You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods.
  • Early Wind (baroque/classical flute, oboe, bassoon; classical clarinet) You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods.
  • Recorder Please see Recorder Department page.
  • Early Brass (natural/baroque trumpet, natural/hand horn, sackbut/early trombone, cornetto) You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods.
  • Plucked Strings (lute, theorbo, archlute) You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods appropriate to your instrument(s).
  • Early Strings (baroque/classical violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, bass/violone) You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration of contrasting styles/periods appropriate to your instrument(s).