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Vocal and Operatic

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 Vocal Applicants

Audition

For your audition video, please perform 3 classical songs or arias, at least one of which must be from an oratorio or opera. We strongly encourage candidates to perform with accompaniment where possible. Performances with pre-recorded accompaniment will also be accepted where accompaniment is not possible during the video recording.

Please ensure we can clearly see your face and hands in your audition video. Cameras should be placed at head height so that good posture is maintained.

As part of your video submission, please send us the timings for each piece you are performing. For example, Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade: 3:04 – 6:08.

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

Virtual Interview

As part of your audition there will be an virtual 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.

During your virtual interview we will invite you to participate in a short vocal workshop where we will work with you on a piece from your audition repertoire. This will be an informal opportunity for us to get to know you better as a singer and performer. Please ensure you have access to a keyboard, piano or a keyboard app for pitch. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange an accompanist to be with you during the vocal workshop but this is not a major requirement.

Postgraduate Audition Requirements for Vocal Applicants

Audition Requirements

  • Please perform a varied programme of about 15 minutes duration.
  • You may be required to include an extended piece and/or specified material we will contact you directly if this is the case.
  • You must include works in at least three European languages, including English.

Audition

For your audition video, please perform 4 classical songs or arias at least two of which should be in two different languages other than English. We strongly encourage candidates to perform with accompaniment where possible. Performances with pre-recorded accompaniment will also be accepted where accompaniment is not possible during the video recording.

Please ensure we can clearly see your face and hands in your audition video. Cameras should be placed at head height so that good posture is maintained.

As part of your video submission, please send us the timings for each piece you are performing. For example, Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade: 3:04 – 6:08.

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

Virtual Interview

As part of your audition there will be an informal virtual 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.

During your virtual interview we will invite you to participate in a short vocal workshop where we will work with you on a piece from your audition repertoire. This will be an informal opportunity for us to get to know you better as a singer and performer. Please ensure you have access to a keyboard, piano or a keyboard app for pitch. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange an accompanist to be with you during the vocal workshop but this is not a major requirement.