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Auditions for entry in September 2022

We intend to hold live in-person auditions in Birmingham where possible, keeping in line with government guidance.

If you live in the United Kingdom and intend to audition in person, please submit an audition recording by the 25th of October 2021 following our audition requirements below.

We will hold your audition recording on file and refer to it if there are changes to government guidance which impact our ability to hold live auditions.

Once your application has been submitted we will contact you via e-mail on how our to upload your audition recording/portfolio to the MySRS portal.

UK Applicants will also have the option of attending a Virtual Audition instead of a live audition.

International Applicants who are resident outside of the United Kingdom should submit an audition recording within two weeks of applying or attend one of our International Audition Centres.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements for the Keyboard Applicants

Audition
  • Piano Performance You will be asked to perform three pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of your own choice. Candidates will also be asked to sight read during the virtual interview.
  • Harpsichord 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 during the virtual interview.
  • Organ You will be asked to perform a work by J.S Bach and a work of your choice from the 19th/20th Century. Candidates will also be asked to sight read and transpose.
    Organ auditions usually take place at St Chads Cathedral, more details here. However, if you are unable to travel to Birmingham for a live audition please send us an audition video and we will arrange a virtual interview for you.

Virtual Interview

As part of your audition there will be an informal interview which will take place online (for Piano Performance and Harpsichord) or in person (for Organ where possible). 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. You may also be asked to play scales and sight read during the virtual interview.

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

Postgraduate Audition Requirements for the Keyboard Applicants

Audition
  • Piano Performance You will be asked to present a varied programme of 25 minutes’ duration.
  • Piano Accompaniment You should prepare a varied programme of 25 minutes, not all of which may be heard. It is preferable to include a partner(s), either a vocalist or instrumentalist(s) and demonstrate song or instrumental duo/trio/quartet/quintet work where possible. You may also include solo items, although this is not compulsory.
  • Harpsichord You will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration. Candidates may also be asked demonstrate ability to play figured bass at sight during the virtual interview.
  • Organ You will be asked to perform a short programme that should include:
    • A trio movement by JS Bach
    • A pre-Bach short work/movement
    • A 19th/20th work/movement not exceeding 10 minutes in duration
    • Candidates may also be asked to sight read and transpose
    • Auditions usually take place at St Chads Cathedral but if you are unable to travel to Birmingham for a live audition please send us an audition video and we will arrange a virtual interview for you.

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