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Conservatoire auditions

Conservatoires will let you know what you should prepare for an audition or interview.
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For all disciplines, we've put together a handy document giving you information on  making the most of your audition (1.15 MB)

In this section, you can find out what an audition might involve, how to prepare for an interview, and what the audition and application fees will be.

You may need to have more than one audition/interview, depending on the conservatoire's audition policy, and the study type and course you choose:

  • Main specialism - one audition will be needed.
  • Joint main specialism - two auditions, one for each specialism, will be needed.
  • Secondary specialism - some conservatoires will audition on your main specialism only, whereas others will audition on both your main and secondary specialism.
  • Alternative main specialism - two auditions, one for each specialism, will be needed.

What an audition might involve

  • Music performers normally play two or more contrasting pieces in a live audition held at the conservatoire. In some cases you can send a recording or video instead.
  • Musicians may be asked to play or sing scales, read or sing at sight, take an aural test or have an interview.
  • Composers are often asked to submit a portfolio or some other evidence of practical ability, or to have an interview.
  • Dance and drama applicants may be asked to prepare monologues, a performance piece, participate in a dance class, sing, sight-read text or improvise.
  • Drama production applicants may be given set tasks prior to the interview, where you will then discuss the tasks, your understanding of the course, and your career aspirations, amongst other things.


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