Historical Performance Auditions

Harpsichord player peforms in Milton Court Concert Hall
Audition Information

Historical Performance Auditions

Travelling to Audition

We encourage you to attend a live audition if it is safe to do so. Please refer to the latest Covid-19 travel guidelines from the UK government if you intend to travel from overseas.

If you wish to submit a recorded audition, please note the following:

  • Please ensure that you select ‘RECORDED’ in the audition venue field of the application form.
  • Instructions about how to upload your video will be sent to you after the application closing date.
  • The deadline for all uploaded audition videos is Friday 28 October 2022.

Submitting a recorded audition will not impact on the result of your application. However, attending in person means that you will gain the full benefit of a visit to the school.

Keyboards and plucked continuo instruments

If you have applied for either the Guildhall Artist Masters, Advanced Certificate or Artist Diploma, you should present four contrasting pieces which demonstrate a variety of genres.

For live auditions, you will be expected to accompany a member of the panel during the audition; you will be sent this music in advance. You will also be expected to accompany a member of the panel at sight.

For recorded video auditions, candidates who meet the required performance standard in their recorded submissions will be invited to complete an online accompaniment exercise and attend an online interview.

Full details will be sent to you after your initial recording has been reviewed.

Vocal Studies

Please see the Vocal Studies Auditions page for further details of the audition process. Candidates should select their oratorio and opera arias according to their interests in historical performance. 

Please email Jen Pitkin on music.applications@gsmd.ac.uk if you require harpsichord accompaniment for this repertoire.