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Percussion

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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 with information on how 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 Percussion Applicants

Audition

You will be expected to perform a piece chosen from the repertoire below on each of the instruments listed. Should you wish to perform something different to this list, please contact the Head of Department (Toby Kearney) prior to your audition to confirm whether your choice is suitable.

Snare Drum
  • Jacques Delécluse - Douze Etudes pour Caisse-Claire
  • Bent Lylloff Etude for Snare Drum - Arhus Etude no. 9
  • ABRSM Grade 8 piece (new or old syllabus
Tuned Percussion
  • 2 or 4 mallet piece of your choice of at least Grade 8 level
Timpani
  • Nick Woud - Symphonic Studies for Timpani No 3, 22 or 25
  • Hans-Jorg Bayer - Etude No. 5
Drum Kit (with playalong backing)
  • David Garibaldi - The Code Of Funk
  • John Riley - School days or October
  • Troy Miller - Traveller
  • Gordon Goodwin - Big Phat Big Band

If you don’t play drum kit, please prepare an additional contrasting piece on either snare drum, tuned or timpani.

During the audition we may ask you for:

  • Sight reading - on snare drum or tuned percussion
  • Rhythm and aural tests

Interview

The interview is a chance for you to have an informal conversation with us about your musical influences and aspirations. It’s an opportunity for us to ask you questions about your experiences, to find out what you can bring to the department and for you to ask any questions you have about the course.

If your application is submitted by video then you will be invited to a virtual interview.

Percussion Audition Recording Instructions

You should submit video performances of four pieces as listed above.

  • You can record pieces separately, but please record each piece in one take
  • Treat it like a performance and don't worry about wrong notes, Show us your musicality
  • We want to see the instrument and as much of you as possible
  • Try not to let the music stand in the way of the camera
  • Don't be afraid to damp any instruments with cloths or gel to help the sound on the video
  • Introduce your pieces to the camera

If you don’t have access to enough instruments or equipment to make a recording then please get in touch via email: conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

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

Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Percussion Applicants

Audition

You are expected to present a varied programme of approximately 30-40 minutes. This may include solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts and a collection of drum kit/world/rhythm percussion tracks. Please get in touch with the Head of Percussion (Toby Kearney) prior to your audition to discuss your ideas and the suitability of your programme. Below are two examples of suitable audition programmes:

Example A

Snare Drum

  • Delecluse Study No. 9
  • Joseph Tompkins Study No. 1
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
  • Williams Star Wars

Xylophone

  • Stravinsky Firebird
  • Copland Appalachian Spring
  • Gershwin Porgy & Bess

Timpani

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5
  • Britten Storm from Sea Interludes
  • A Nick Woud Study

Marimba

  • Keiko Abe Variations on Japanese Children's Songs

Vibraphone:

  • Joe Locke Highland

Example B

Drum Kit (with audio playalong)

  • Paich (Toto) Rosanna
  • Wonder Superstition
  • Wilson (Porcupine Tree) Stars Die

Congas, Timbales, Cajon

  • Puente Oye Como Va
  • Cruz Zamba Malato

Marimba

  • Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
  • Piazolla/Cheung Verano Porteno

Vibraphone

  • Rackipov Open Attic Window

Snare Drum

  • Gerassimez Asventuras

During the audition we may ask you for:

  • Sight reading - on snare drum or tuned
  • Rhythm and aural tests

Interview

The interview is a chance for you to have an informal conversation with us about your musical influences and aspirations. It’s an opportunity for us to ask you questions about your experiences, to find out what you can bring to the department and for you to ask any questions you have about the course.

If your application is submitted by video then you will be invited to a virtual interview.

Percussion Audition Recording Instructions

You are expected to present a video of a varied programme that lasts approximately 20 minutes. This may include solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts and a collection of drum kit/world/rhythm percussion tracks. You should select highlights from your 30-40 minute programme as detailed above. You can record videos of each piece separately and submit them as one complete recording. Please get in touch with the Head of Percussion (Toby Kearney) prior to submitting your video to discuss your ideas and the suitability of your programme.

If you don’t have access to enough instruments or equipment to make a recording then please get in touch via email: conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

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