Audition

Audition Date

Candidates auditioning in the December session in London will receive details of their audition date and time in early September.

Candidates auditioning in the July session in London will receive details of their audition date and time in early April.

International Candidates

It is your responsibility to ensure that, if you do not hold an EU or EEA passport, that you have the relevant Visa in order to attend the audition.

If it will assist your Visa process you can request an invitation letter from the LPMAM. Please contact admissions@lpmam.com. The letter will be issued after we have received your complete application including payment of the application fee. We will send it to you via International Recorded Delivery. If you request courier delivery, you will need to pay the LPMAM the delivery charge for this.

Rehearsing

In order to assist candidates to adequately prepare for their audition, candidates are permitted practice time prior to their audition time. This is usually offered for a time period equal to that of the audition itself.

Unfortunately due to the facilities being utilised by current students and audition applicants, the LPMAM  is not able to offer additional practice facilities before the allocated warm-up time.

However, should you feel you require additional time, a number of private practice facilities nearby will be provided.

Please see London Rehearsal Studios for other suggestions.

DEPARTMENTS:

Below are the Audition Requirements specific to each department: For undergraduates only: If you are auditioning to become an undergraduate, you will be required to complete the following:

1.50 minute Written Paper for Undergraduates (BMus, Year-In)

This will paper involves:
  • harmonisation of a simple melody
  • the requirement to complete short essay questions (with an element of choice) of a general musical nature.
You will be permitted to use a dictionary.

2.Musicianship and Keyboard Skills Tests

These tests assess your ability through a series of tasks with increasing difficulty. We do not issue sample papers, or sample audition tests.

Academic

Academic Studies are a key component to every BMus student’s creative development. A full and thorough range of topical courses are offered across the disciplines of: Historical Musicology; Analysis; Performance Practice and Composition. In addition Academic Studies includes: Aural Training; Keyboard Skills; Technology; and Conducting (Supporting Studies) courses which are designed to reinforce students’ critical awareness as performers and/or composers. Suitability for Academic Studies is determined via qualifications gained as well as performance on the Written Paper for Undergraduates.

Brass

You will be required to: ¥ Perform a free-choice programme of 10-15 minutes; one of the works should be an original composition for your chosen instrument. ¥ Play scales, arpeggios, etc to UK Grade 8 standard. ¥ You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Choral Conducting

For Postgraduate Students Only.

You will be asked to rehearse with a small choir of LPMAM  students (around 10 to 12 singers) for approximately 12 minutes. Selected Applicants will then be invited to progress to the second round later in the morning, and to attend an interview in the afternoon. In the Second Round you will rehearse with the choir for 12 minutes using a contrasting or complementary piece of your own choice for unaccompanied choir (sacred or secular, in English or Latin) but of a later musical period than Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins. For this you may choose to rehearse the entire work, or train the choir in a portion of it, based on your assessment of the group in the earlier work. Please bring at least 16 copies. Your interview will involve a range of questions designed to assess your experience and prior knowledge of choral repertoire in relation to the course we offer. We will also seek to gain an understanding of your career aspirations and outlook. Additionally we may refer to issues resulting from technical and interpretational matters arising within the audition. You will be asked to sight-sing and undergo a test of aural ability.

Composition

Composition Audtion requirements are broken down in to BMus Applicants and MMus Applicants.

Composition: BMus

After submitting your Portfolio, if you are successful, you will be required to partake in the Undergraduate Written Paper (as explained earlier in this section). Please also bring a short piano piece to demonstrate your level of keyboard skills.

Composition: MMus

You should send at least three pieces written for a variety of forces. Please supply printed scores or manuscripts, with CD recordings wherever possible. Your portfolio must also include two examples of your academic written work (in English); each example should be between 1000 and 2000 words long. Your written work should aim to demonstrate:
  • Responsiveness to music and musical issues
  • Quality of critical engagement
  • Capacity for research enquiry
The deadline for the Registry to receive your portfolio is 1st October of the applying year – we advise that you use special delivery to ensure your portfolio arrives safely.

Conducting

Undergraduate Candidates Day One: Stage 1, Two Pianos,09.30–18.30
You will be asked to conduct for up to a maximum of 15 minutes any part (to be selected by the auditioning panel) of Rossini’s Tancredi’s Overture, Mozart’s Divertimento K.138, and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante defunte. At approximately 6.30pm a list of candidates selected to proceed to the following round will be posted. A maximum of twelve candidates will be chosen to go forward.
Day 2: Stage 2, Viva Voce, 09.30–12.30
The shortlisted candidates will be given a 20-minute viva voce examination on their knowledge of the orchestral repertoire, conducting techniques, musical awareness, keyboard ability and aural perception. The times of this examination will be announced at the time the shortlist is posted.
Postgraduate Candidates Day One: Stage 1, Two Pianos, 09.30–18.30
You will be asked to conduct for up to a maximum of 15 minutes any part (to be selected by the auditioning panel) of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, Beethoven’s Overture Egmont, and Brahms’s Tragic Overture. At approximately 6.30pm a list of candidates selected to proceed to the following round will be posted. A maximum of twelve candidates will be chosen to go forward.
Day 2: Stage 2, Chamber Orchestra, 17.30-21.30
You will be asked to conduct for approximately 10-15 minutes any part of Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 in E flat op.55 (1st Movement) (ed. Bärenreiter) and Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26 (complete) (ed. Kalmus). At the end of this session, a list of candidates selected to proceed to the following round will be posted. A maximum of six candidates will be chosen to go forward.
Day 3: Stage 3, Viva Voce, 09.30–12.30
The shortlisted candidates will be given a 30-minute viva voce examination on their knowledge of the orchestral repertoire, conducting techniques, musical awareness, keyboard ability and aural perception. The times of this examination will be announced at the time the shortlist is posted. Additionally, MMus candidates will also be asked to have an interview with a Postgraduate Tutor if shortlisted for the final round.
Day 3: Stage 4, Symphony Orchestra 14.00–18.00
The candidates shortlisted for Stage 3 will conduct the LPMAM  Symphony Orchestra for approximately 30 minutes, at a time to be specified. They must be prepared to conduct and rehearse any part of the following works: ¥ Brahms Symphony no.2 in D, op.73 (ed. Breitkopf)
¥ Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (ed. Kalmus)
¥ Beethoven Symphony no.9(ed. Bärenreiter)
¥ Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (ed. Kalmus)

All candidates will be informed of the result via CUKAS as soon as possible after the auditions.

Historical Performance
The precise format for auditions will be different according to your Principal study. In most cases auditions will last from 20 to 30 minutes. As time is limited for some auditions, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.
Jazz
Detailed audition requirements are available here as an Acrobat PDF file. Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in their chosen idiom(s), including instrumental technique, improvisation, sight reading and ability to relate to an accompanying group (provided from current students). ‘Definite’ versions for items a) and b) in Round Two can be found in The New Real Book Volume One. Singers can specify different key requirements to the rhythm section provided at the audition. Singers are not permitted to bring their own accompanist. Singers should either refer to The Real Book to obtain the lyrics when choosing a piece from each list, or transcribe them from a recording.
Postgraduate Jazz
If you live outside Europe and are unable to travel to London at the time of the auditions, the LPMAM  will accept a DVD recording. Please contact admission@londonpianomasters.com for a paper application form and the DVD form. The application and DVD should be sent on or before 1st November and the recording must be authenticated by your teacher or a professional contact. The DVD should include a performance of one tune from each list in the audition requirements, plus a video of a performance of an original composition by you, including part of the rehearsal process leading up to the performance. If required, a Skype interview will be arranged to include sight-reading and a discussion of your study plans.
Musical Theatre

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration for the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is:

¥ a high level of performance attainment as determined at audition
¥ normally, but not necessarily, a first degree or undergraduate performance diploma, or an equivalent standard of performing ability and professional experience
Piano
Piano
A free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire), minimum of three works:
  • undergraduates:20-40 minutes;
  • postgraduates:40-60 minutes).
The programme can include movements of works and should show a wide diversity of character and style as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. The audition panel will select from this programme within the time limits available, but you may specify one work which you particularly wish to perform.
Piano accompaniment
  • undergraduates:20 - 40 minutes;
  • postgraduates:30 - 50 minutes).

A programme of songs and/or instrumental works, and including a short, technically demanding solo work. Some tests of musicianship and keyboard skills may be given.

You must bring your own soloist(s) – please contact us at least three weeks in advance if you are unable to arrange this. If we provide soloists there will be a charge. We will aim to provide performers for the repertoire you have selected, but cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Repetiteurs (postgraduate only)

Two ensemble scenes from two operas. You should be able to both play them and sing in the vocal lines as far as possible.

You will also coach a singer provided by the LPMAM in an operatic aria, which will be chosen for you. This aria will be given to you half an hour before the audition.

At the same time you will be given some spoken language extracts in German, French, English and Italian to prepare for the audition.

There will also be some sight-reading tests.

Research Programmes

To apply for the Master of Philosophy Research Degree, you will need to download, print and post the Research Degree PDF application form. Doctoral students are always initially registered on the MPhil programme and progress to the PhD following a formal transfer application in the first or second year. This is standard practice for UK doctorates. The deadline for applications for 2013 is 21st January 2013.

Strings
Violin: Undergraduates
First movement (with cadenza) of a concerto by Haydn or Mozart and a contrasting piece. Before the audition date you will also receive a short technical study which you may be asked to perform.
Violin: Postgraduates
First movement of a major post-1800 concerto and a contrasting piece.
Viola and Cello
First movement of a major concerto and a contrasting piece.
Double Bass
One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts of your choice
Vocal
Undergraduate Vocal Studies
You should prepare three items in contrasting styles and moods, one of which must be an oratorio aria demonstrating vocal agility (with recitative if possible). One item should be sung in a language foreign to you. You may be required to sing only two of the prepared works.
Postgraduate Vocal Studies
Your audition you should prepare: 1.an operatic aria, 2.an oratorio aria 3.two contrasting works of your own choice from the song repertoire. One item must be sung in English or English translation. If you are also interested in Opera, you should apply only for an opera audition; that panel will automatically also consider you for Postgraduate Vocal Studies.
Opera
All aspiring postgraduate operatic candidates should apply for the Opera Course, which is an Advanced Diploma (NQF Level 8) programme. When applying in CUKAS, select ‘Advanced Diploma (Opera) (900F)’. For your audition you should prepare four contrasting operatic arias in a variety of languages, one of which must be sung in English or English translation. If the audition panel feels you are not yet ready for entry to this specialist postgraduate programme, you may be offered a place on the Preparatory Opera Course (this is incorporated within the Postgraduate Vocal Studies MA course) with a view to auditioning again for the Opera Course in the following year.