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How to apply for BPYAP courses

Important dates and application guidelines

Applications open: Friday 5 October 2018

  • Audition fee 5 October – 22 October 2018: £25
  • Audition fee 23 October – 5 November 2018: £35

Applications close: 1600 GMT Monday 5 November 2018. Applications for both Chamber Music in Residence and CMIR:Lab courses will remain open until 1600 GMT Monday 14 January 2019 

All applications should be made through the dedicated audition platform accessible via this page from Friday 5 October.

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

All audition videos have a strict time limit of 12 minutes. If you are applying to more than one course, please provide relevant contrasting repertoire which does not exceed the time limit – you are welcome to present extracts of longer works.

The performed elements of audition videos should be recorded in one continuous take (e.g. all excerpts followed by pieces), though it is permissible to film your introduction separately as long as the audition is submitted as a single video file.

Vocal & Piano

We accept applications from individual artists and existing duos but please ensure you both submit an application as these will be reviewed independently.

Pianists (Répétiteurs & Collaborative) and singers of all voice types should apply.

Your application must include the following:

  1. Up-to-date CV detailing your education and performance experience
  2. Scan of the photo page of your passport or ID card
  3. Live or unedited audition video max. 12 minutes, which must include:
    • A brief introduction (max. 2 mins) outlining why you are applying
    • 2 or 3 contrasting songs or arias, which should reflect the course(s) you are applying to

Ensemble

We accept applications from ensembles of 2 – 6 musicians

Ensemble applications must include the following:

  1. Up-to-date ensemble biography (max. 300 words)
  2. Scan of the photo page of your passport or ID card of each ensemble member
  3. Unedited audition video max. 12 minutes, which must include:
    • A brief introduction (max. 2 mins) outlining why you are applying
    • 2 contrasting movements or pieces (excerpts from longer works are acceptable)

Composition

Your application must include the following:

  1. Up-to-date CV detailing your education and experience
  2. Scan of the photo page of your passport or ID card
  3. 2 or 3 examples of your own compositions in PDF form
  4. Live or unedited introductory video max. 5 minutes, talking about the works you have submitted and outlining why you are applying

Examples

  1. A violinist applying to Strings & Horn Elements, Composition & Performance and Bach Cantatas should prepare: a) the excerpts for Strings & Horn Elements b) a piece which is relevant to Strings & Horn Elements c) a piece which is relevant to Bach Cantatas. You should address your interest in the Composition & Performance course as part of your introduction.
  2. A cellist applying to Strings & Horn Elements and Composition & Performance should prepare: a) the excerpts for Strings & Horn Elements b) a piece which is relevant to Strings & Horn Elements c) optionally, a second piece which is relevant to Composition & Performance.
  3. A mezzo-soprano applying to Opera Arias, Singing Britten and Bach Cantatas should prepare three songs or arias which reflect each course’s repertoire (there is no additional repertoire requirement if applying to Composition & Performance as well, but you should address your interest in the course as part of your introduction.

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Applications should be made via our new online platform from Friday 5 October – sign up to our mailing list if you’d like to notified when auditions open.

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