How to Apply

Entry to the Advanced Course is by audition during the summer term * for entry the following September. As a guide, the entry standard for younger applicants (year 7) is approximately Grade 5 with merit/distinction. A higher standard is generally expected of older students. Consideration is given to your musical potential as well as your age and instrument.

There is an audition fee of £15.

* Additional auditions may be held in August, November and February if places are available. However, please be aware that bursary funding may not be available at this stage in the academic year. Please email for up-to-date advice.

Your Audition

At your audition, you will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on your principal study and one piece on your additional study, if applicable.

The audition will also include:

  • scales and arpeggios
  • sight-reading tests
  • pitch and rhythm tests
  • an informal interview where you will be asked to discuss your musical aspirations and other interests