This guide tells you everything you need to know about
submitting a DVD audition to the Royal Welsh College of Music &
Drama. Please read the following information carefully; it contains
audition guidance for instrumentalists, vocalists and
Your Recorded Audition
We are able to accept recorded auditions on the following
- Digital files (WMV, MOV, MP4, etc)
Your audition should be a visual file and should open with a
verbal account of your experience and aims for the future. You
should also include a short verbal introduction of each piece in
Your recording should include performances of two contrasting
pieces (see below for additional guidance for specific courses and
instruments). You should take care to select pieces that allow you
to demonstrate the full extent of your ability. In total, your
performance should last approximately 10 minutes. The recording
must clearly show you playing your instrument without any
Please also note that presentation (dress, deportment and
general stage demeanour) will be taken into account by academic
staff assessing your audition.
If you are shortlisted you may be invited to attend an interview
via skype. You will be notified of the interview date and time via
Additional Guidance for Specific Courses and Instruments
Applicants must perform a piece showing the use of the pedal, and
the recording must show your feet. Please supply a full list of
repertoire studied over the last two years.
Applicants should prepare a programme including the following:
- A movement of an instrumental duo sonata.
- An example of an orchestral reduction, which could either be a
movement from an instrumental concerto or an operatic aria.
- An example of song repertoire (i.e. Lied, mélodie or English
- Etude or short solo piece.
Soloists should be provided by the applicant, according to
local availability. If the applicant is not able to find soloists
to fulfil these repertoire requirements, alternative programme
suggestions will be considered, but this must be agreed in
Applicants should prepare a programme including the
- An extract/short scene from two contrasting operas, singing in
the vocal lines as you play. Each scene should involve at least two
characters and at least one should be in a foreign language. Each
extract should be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
- A short piano solo piece of your choice.
Advanced Opera Performance
Applicants should include three operatic arias, including one in
Vocal Programmes (not Advanced MA Opera
Applicants must ensure at least one of the
pieces is in Italian.
Applicants must perform one piece on tuned percussion and a
piece on a snare drum. The recording must show your hands.
Multi Instrument Woodwind Performance
Applicants must perform on at least THREE woodwind instruments:
flute, clarinet and saxophone (any size). Double reeds may be
presented in addition. All pieces must be accompanied by piano.
- Orchestral Performance
Applicants should prepare the repertoire listed for their
instrument in the audition guidance below:
Audition Guidance - Postgraduate
You are required to submit a copy of an arrangement or composition
you have created, together with your recording.
Applicants should submit copies of at least THREE contrasting,
fully notated pieces, preferably with recordings.
We are happy to accept submissions as soon as applications
Scores should be printed or copied onto both sides of the paper
and bound in a way that allows the work to be read naturally.
Recordings should be properly named and identified, with durations
and a description of how each recording was made, who was involved,
and whether the notated scores of the recorded works were created
before or after the recording was made. You may wish to include a
commentary about the composition and recording process to support
Once your submission has been reviewed by the College’s academic
staff, you may be invited to interview via Skype.
Submitting Recordings / Portfolio
Please send your recording/portfolio along with your full name
and UCAS Conservatoires ID Number to:
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama