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How to apply for BPYAP courses

Important dates and application guidelines

Applications are open for BPYAP courses in 2020

Ensembles can apply for both Chamber Music in Residence and CMIR:Lab courses until Monday 14 January 2019, 1600 GMT.

Please note that individual applications for courses in 2019 have now closed.

Applications cost £35.

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

All audition videos have a strict time limit of 12 minutes.

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

You need to upload your video to YouTube or an equivalent site to submit your application (this can be a private upload).

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.

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 lead applicant’s passport or ID card
  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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What happens once I've applied?

Reviewing & Selection

Your application will be reviewed by a panel of external adjudicators – each panel member views all supporting materials before giving their assessment to BPYAP staff, who also review all applications. BPYAP staff then make decisions on each application; adjudicators’ comments regarding standard of audition and quality of musicianship are taken into consideration, as are a range of factors including career level, personal suitability for BPYAP’s style of learning, application presentation, and history with BPYAP.

Results

All results will be sent out by Monday 25 February 2019, though applicants to Strings & Horn Elements will be informed of their results by the earlier date of Monday 14 January 2019.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance on a course-by-course basis. Three types of results are sent out per course:

  1. Applicant is accepted onto the course
  2. Applicant is placed on the reserve list
  3. Applicant is not accepted onto the course

Decisions are final and not for appeal.

Feedback

We will endeavour to provide feedback wherever possible via our online application platform by 29 March 2019, but please note that we cannot guarantee this aim will be met in every instance. You will be notified by email when feedback is made available to you.