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Choosing where to audition

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The Royal College of Music holds auditions in London, Asia and the USA. Auditions for all courses and all principal studies can be undertaken in London. Auditions for most courses and principal studies can also be undertaken in Asia and the USA.

Application deadlines, application fees and audition dates vary between locations, as does the availability of RCM accompanists. In some cases, candidates may be able to apply by recording instead. You are advised to check deadlines, fees and restrictions carefully before selecting an audition venue.

We do not restrict auditionees by nationality at any of our venues. For example, our auditions in China are open to everybody, not just Chinese citizens. If you decide to audition at one of our overseas venues you should make sure you are available on the audition date(s) and that you have the necessary permissions to enter the country. Our audition panels are not at each venue for very long, so it can be difficult to arrange an alternative time if you are unable to make your allotted slot. If you know you will not be available on the required date(s) at a particular venue, you might want to consider a different venue.

Please be aware that some candidates must audition in London, as detailed below.

UCAS Conservatoires applications

Applications for most of our courses are made through UCAS Conservatoires. If you are unsure whether or not this applies to the course you are interested in, please refer to the information page for that course.

For most applications in this group there is a choice of audition venue. Due to technical limitations, some principal study specialisms cannot be auditioned at some venues. You can find details of these restrictions by clicking on each of the venues in the list below. Similarly, applicants for the Artist Diploma in Opera can only audition in London.

UCAS Conservatoires application fees

Using UCAS Conservatoires incurs a £25 administration fee. This is in addition to our application fees. You cannot use another system. Both the application and administration fees are paid online through UCAS Conservatoires. If you encounter any problems with their payment system please contact their support team.

All late applications are subject to an additional fee of £10.

Auditions in London, UK

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered for some courses and principal studies. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

London audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Single study composers with or without a second study: £115
  • Single study conductors with or without a second study (postgraduate level only): £115
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

London audition dates

Most London auditions will be held in late November to mid-December 2017. If places are still available a small number of late auditions may be held in early 2018.

London audition venue

London auditions are held at the Royal College of Music in South Kensington.

Accompanists in London

If you require an accompanist and cannot bring your own the RCM can provide an accompanist for you. You do not normally need to let us know whether you need an accompanist or provide copies of the music in advance.

Consideration for scholarships in London

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Beijing, China

Applications for entry in 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Beijing

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Beijing audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Beijing audition dates

Beijing auditions will be held on 16 November 2017.

Bejing audition venue

Beijing auditions will be held at Dulwich College Beijing.

Accompanists in Beijing

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Guangzhou

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Guangzhou, China

Applications for entry in 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Guangzhou

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Guangzhou audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Guangzhou audition dates

Guangzhou auditions will be held on 9 November 2017.

Guangzhou audition venue

Guangzhou auditions will be held at Xinghai Conservatory.

Accompanists in Guangzhou

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Guangzhou

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Hong Kong, China

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered if spaces remain in the audition schedule. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application.

Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Hong Kong

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Hong Kong audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Hong Kong audition dates

Hong Kong auditions will be held on 21 and 22 January 2018.

Hong Kong audition venue

Hong Kong auditions will be held at Hong Kong Academy of Performance Arts.

Accompanists in Hong Kong

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Hong Kong

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Shanghai, China

Applications for entry in 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Shanghai

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Shanghai audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Shanghai audition dates

Shanghai auditions will be held on 13 November 2017.

Shanghai audition venue

Steinway Asia Pacific Headquarters, Shanghai

Accompanists in Shanghai

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Shanghai

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Tokyo, Japan

Applications for entry in 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Tokyo

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Tokyo audition fees

  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160
  • All other candidates: £100

Tokyo audition dates

Tokyo auditions will be held on 10 November 2017.

Tokyo audition venue

Tokyo auditions will be held at H Matsuo’s Studios.

Accompanists in Tokyo

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Tokyo

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Singapore

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered if spaces remain in the audition schedule. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application.

Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Singapore

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Singapore audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Singapore audition dates

Singapore auditions will be held on 14 January 2018.

Singapore audition venue

Auditions will be held at School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA).

Accompanists in Singapore

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Singapore

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Seoul, South Korea

Applications for entry in 2018 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Seoul

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Seoul audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Seoul audition dates

Seoul auditions will be held on 6 November 2017.

Seoul audition venue

Seoul auditions will be held at The Cosmos Hall.

Accompanists in Seoul

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Seoul

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in Bangkok, Thailand

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered if spaces remain in the audition schedule. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application.

Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in Bangkok

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Bangkok audition fees

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100
  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160

Bangkok audition dates

Bangkok auditions will be held on 24 January 2018.

Bangkok audition venue

Bangkok auditions will be held at Shrewsbury School.

Accompanists in Bangkok

The RCM is not able to provide accompanists, so please ensure that you make arrangements to bring your own if required.

Consideration for scholarships in Bangkok

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Auditions in New York City, USA

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered if spaces remain in the audition schedule. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application.

Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

The RCM does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Auditions unavailable in New York

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition at this venue:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Fortepiano
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition/interview at this location:

  • Master of Science in Performance Science
  • Master of Education
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

New York audition fees

  • Joint principal study or alternative study (only available to BMus students): £160
  • All other candidates: £150

New York audition dates

New York auditions will be held from 22 to 25 January 2018.

New York audition venue

New York auditions will be held at the DiMenna Centre, New York City.

Accompanists in New York

If you require an accompanist and cannot bring your own the RCM can provide an accompanist for you. You do not normally need to let us know whether you need an accompanist or provide copies of the music in advance.

Consideration for scholarships in New York

Applicants will be considered for scholarships as well as places. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of your performance at audition – there is no need to submit a separate application.

Audition by video interview for composers

Candidates for Composition and Composition for Screen who are based outside of Europe can choose to have a video interview instead of an interview in London.

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

Application fees for auditions by video interview

  • Single study composers with or without a second study: £115
  • Single study conductors with or without a second study (postgraduate level only): £115

Consideration for scholarships when auditioning by video interview

You will still be considered for a scholarship using this audition method.

Audition by recording only for performers

Candidates auditioning by recording only will not receive an in-person audition. This option is only available to instrumentalists and vocalists.

The application deadline for entry in 2018 has now passed. Late applications may still be considered for some courses and principal studies. Please contact our Admissions team to check before submitting an application. Applications for entry in 2019 will open in summer 2018.

Restrictions

Auditioning by recording is only available to non-EU candidates.

Candidates for the following principal studies cannot audition by recording:

  • Composition
  • Composition for Screen
  • Conducting
  • Harpsichord
  • Organ
  • Lute
  • Percussion

Candidates for the following courses cannot audition by recording:

  • Masters in Science in Performance Science
  • Artist Diploma in Opera
  • Any course that does not use UCAS Conservatoires for applications, including the Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music Performance

Application fees for auditions by recording

  • Single study instrumentalists or vocalists with or without a second study: £100

Consideration for scholarships when auditioning by recording

You will not be eligible for consideration for scholarships using this application method.

How to audition by recording

Your recorded audition should consist of a video recording lasting approximately 20 minutes. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

For details of what to prepare, please refer to the audition requirements stipulated by the relevant faculty.

You should submit your recording online via the RCM submission portal. The information you upload to the portal does not constitute your entire application, but does form an integral part of it. You should ensure you have provided everything that is required. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Submit your recording

Non-UCAS Conservatoires applications

The following courses and programmes do not require applications to be sent through UCAS Conservatoires. Each has a different application process and not all include an audition. For those that do, all candidates must audition in London. Furthermore, each course or programme listed has its own fees, deadlines and restrictions. You can find out more about these by following the links below.

BMus Conversion Programme

Bachelor of Science in Physics & Music Performance, BSc

Artist Diploma in Chamber Music, ArtDip

Doctor of Music, DMus

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

Undergraduate exchanges

Postgraduate exchanges

Audition requirements

Candidates for the BMus programme who have applied either for joint principal study or alternative studies will be auditioned in both specialisms. The two auditions may or may not be on different dates.

Candidates who have registered interest in second study will only be auditioned for their principal study specialism. If your application is successful you will be eligible to audition for second study when you start your course at the RCM.

Speak to our Admissions team

If you would like to talk to someone about applying to the Royal College of Music, our audition process or our expected standards, feel free to contact our friendly Admissions team who will be happy to advise you.

Admissions team

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk