Woodwind

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Woodwind Applicants

Rehearsal

An official accompanist will be arranged for your audition and you will be given the opportunity to rehearse with them, but please note that that rehearsal time will be limited to about 10 minutes.

If you are bringing your own accompanist, you will be allocated a room so that you can rehearse with your accompanist for 25 minutes prior to your audition. Please can you inform us by email if you will be bringing your own accompanist.

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.

Postgraduate Woodwind candidates will be asked to 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.

Interview

As part of your audition there will be an 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. The audition and interview together will last for about half an hour. You will be invited to arrive before the audition for a warm-up that will last 25 minutes.

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

Live 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. 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

Recorded audition:

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