Music BMus

Auditions FAQ

For applicants to the BMus, if your application is successful in the first instance, you will be invited to audition. 

When are the auditions?

Auditions take place throughout the year from December until May candidates may be contacted at various points in the year. We have a number of audition dates available each year to accommodate applicants.

If you meet the minimum basic entry requirements and we are interested in your application, you will be invited to audition via UCAS. You will also receive an email with instructions from the University Admissions System ( – remember to check your Junk Folder in case the email goes in there! 

What time do they take place?

Auditions occur between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Due to the complexity of the audition schedule, we cannot give you an immediate time when you confirm your audition.

As soon as you have confirmed the date of your audition, you will be added to the schedule. We take travel distance and circumstances into account, so please let us know as soon as you can what your available times are and if you have any restrictions.

Please bear in mind that scheduling the auditions is a complicated process – we take into account each applicant’s travel plans, other appointments, accompanist and tutor schedules, and the large number of auditions taking place that day. We try to accommodate everyone as best we can. 

With that in mind, your exact audition time will be emailed to you one or two days prior to audition, or you can phone the day before to confirm. 

What if I can’t make it?

If you cannot make the initial invite date, or have specific time constraints, please let us know so we can attempt to reschedule your audition! You should email the Admissions Officer immediately upon receipt of your invitation.

Do I have to audition?

Yes, you must pass the audition in order to receive an offer to study. For those applicants currently further afield, please note that we can make alternate arrangements, which will be discussed upon invitation to audition.

What do I need to do?

Please prepare two short contrasting pieces to a total duration of no more than ten minutes, and submit your performance on video. At least one of the pieces should be learned from notation. If you both sing and play an instrument, or play more than one instrument, you can prepare one piece on each.

We are primarily looking for evidence of your creative potential, but a technical skill equivalent to a Grade 8 is also welcome.

So I can perform on two different instruments?

You are welcome to audition on two instruments, or instrument and voice, but bear in mind that you would be expected to focus your study on one instrument in our Performance course if accepted. 

What should I bring?

Yourself and your instrument! Plus your Music for the day, and some examples of written work such as compositions, harmony and counterpoint exercises and essays if you have them.

Is there an interview?

You will have a short online interview with two members of staff. During this you will be given the opportunity to describe why you wish to study on the BMus, and to elaborate on your experiences and interests. It would be good to have prepared academic work such as essays, exercises, compositions, etc, to send via email if asked at the interview.

Can I have a tour of the University?

There are various Open Days and Afternoon Visits available throughout the year:

We will always try to accommodate you at Music, but please be aware that this is a teaching building with active classes. It won’t always be possible to give you a tour of the building or campus. We would recommend you come to one of the Open Days.

I have other questions!

If you want to find out more about the BMus or MA, then you can read all about them here: