Audition and Application Procedure
To be considered for a place at Guildhall, you’ll be asked to take part in a performance audition. Find out more about what you’ll need to prepare below:
Selection is strictly competitive within each instrument or voice. The decision of the School regarding the results of auditions must be considered final.
Most auditions in London will be held at the School in November and throughout December. Exceptions to this are the auditions for Electronic Music (January/February), Leadership and the MA in Opera Making & Writing programme (both March). The first round of auditions for the MA in Music Therapy start in the beginning of December for applications which are submitted early, and auditions continue throughout the spring term. Auditions for MPhil/DMus/PhD and the Repetiteur course are held as appropriate.
We also hold auditions overseas for international applicants. Find out more:
Hong Kong auditions
Obtaining music for auditions
Most music should be available from your local music shop.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact the music shop located near the Guildhall School:
Composition applicants should send photocopies of three compositions to arrive no later than the application deadline. This material should be securely bound and marked clearly with your name. If possible, a recording of the scores submitted should also be enclosed. In no circumstances will a recording be accepted without a score. Should you be invited to audition you'll be asked to bring along scores of works in progress. Scores will be returned to you on request. DMus applicants must ensure they submit a DVD recording and also submit a 1,000 word draft research proposal.
In addition to making an application by the deadline, Electronic Music applicants are required to submit a recording of their own studio work and a résumé of their own electronic experience at least one week in advance of their audition. Both the recording and its case should be clearly labelled with your name.
All recorded material
The preferred format for recorded material is DVD, however in certain circumstances web links will be accepted (please contact Antoine Kaiserman to ask about this). Please review your DVD recording before submitting it to the School to ensure that it is playable and that you are satisfied with the quality. Please ensure the DVD is compatible for playing in the UK (Region 2). In all cases the recording must be unedited and must be accompanied by:
- a certified statement that it is the applicant’s own performance
- a list of all repertoire studied in the last two years.
If you're submitting recorded material, you should label the actual material with your name and instrument and send the material with enclosures to:
Antoine Kaiserman, Deputy Head of Music Administration, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DT.
Unfortunately recorded material is non-returnable. In no circumstances should candidates send recorded materials or applications directly to individual professors.