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Woodwind

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.

Please submit audition recordings and portfolios to: conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk.

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.

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Woodwind Applicants

Audition

Undergraduate Woodwind candidates must perform two pieces (or movements) of different styles and periods of their own choice. Candidates will also be asked to play scales (ABRSM Grade VIII standard) and sight read during the virtual audition.

Postgraduate Woodwind candidates Please present a varied programme of about 15 minutes’ duration which may be drawn from the concerto repertoire. Players of Orchestral Woodwind instruments should also prepare two contrasting orchestral excerpts.

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. If you are an undergraduate applicant, during your virtual interview, as well as a selection of scales, we might ask you to play part of your audition piece(s) again. If you are a postgraduate applicant, we might ask you to play part of your audition piece(s) or orchestral extracts again.

This will be an informal opportunity for us to work together and get to know you better as a musician and performer.

Postgraduate Audition requirements for Theatre Doubling/Multi-instrument Specialism (MMus/PGDip)

Audition

Candidates are asked to present a programme totalling no more than 15 minutes duration. Repertoire will be welcomed from traditional classical lists but may also reflect the music theatre genre. Candidates will be expected to perform on each of their three chosen instruments and if possible, a piece should be included that demonstrates current doubling abilities.

During the virtual interview, candidates will also be required to perform a varied selection of scales from a recognised Grade VIII (or equivalent) examination syllabus on your primary instrument and scales with up to five sharps and flats on your secondary instruments in a combination of legato, legato tongued and staccato articulations.

  • Major scales
  • Harmonic minor scales
  • Melodic minor scales
  • Major arpeggios
  • Minor arpeggios

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

Recorded Audition for international applicants:

Candidates are asked to present a programme totalling 15 minutes’ duration, performing a piece on each of their three chosen instruments. The music should relate to the genre of music theatre. Candidates will also be required to perform a varied selection of scales from a recognised Grade VIII (or equivalent) examination syllabus on each instrument. Please play one scale from each of the following categories on each instrument. Your chosen selection should include scales with up to five sharps and flats and a combination of legato, legato tongued and staccato articulations.

  • Major scales
  • Harmonic minor scales
  • Melodic minor scales
  • Major arpeggios
  • Minor arpeggios

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