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Strings

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 and Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Strings Applicants

Audition

Candidates are asked to play a 10-15 minute programme in their audition video. The audition video should be recorded in one take. Please see our Audition Advice page for more detailed guidance to help you prepare.

For Cellists:

A full frame shot with the whole player in view would be best. A central position from the front and slightly above so that head and shoulders can be clearly seen. The focus of the shot should be the bow contact with the string so bow position can be clearly noted.

For Harpists:

The camera should be placed from a concert audience's point of view, so that the performer is visible from head to stool level with both elbows visible and the harp at a slight angle.

For violinists and violists:

A full frame shot with the whole player in view would be best. Please position the camera so we are able to see the angle of the bow to the bridge and not an angle from the end of the scroll.

Please see instrument-specific requirements below:

    • Cello Candidates must perform the first movement of either Haydn C or D Major Concertos with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and a contrasting piece of your own choice.
    • Classical Guitar Applicants must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice. All Candidates will be asked to play scales and sight read during the virtual interview.
    • Double Bass The first movement of a Classical Concerto or any two movements of solo Bach and a contrasting piece or movement.
    • Harp (undergraduate applicants) Candidates must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice. All candidates will be asked to play scales and sight read during the virtual interview.
    • Harp (postgraduate applicants) Candidates will be asked to present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration this may be drawn from the concerto repertoire. Candidates can draw their pieces from the solo repertoire.
    • Viola Candidates must perform the first movement of Stamitz or Hoffmiester Concerto in D or B flat with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and a contrasting piece of your own choice.
    • Violin Candidates must perform the first movement of a Mozart Concerto with Cadenza or any two movements of Solo Bach and A contrasting piece of your choice.

Virtual Interview

As part of your audition we will arrange a virtual interview for you. 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.