Jazz Auditions

Jazz 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.

Audition Process

Thank you for showing an interest in studying at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Below you will find all the information on how to apply.

We want to assure you that we understand that everyone will experience the audition process differently. We want you to play well on the day of your audition and we are keen that you enjoy the experience. We recognise that everyone who walks through the doors of our school is a unique individual – and that is just how we will treat you! The School strives to nurture an inclusive and diverse community.

The Guildhall Jazz Department acknowledges the rich cultural heritage of this art form. We are pleased to recognise the prolific contribution to the jazz canon made by musicians of Afro-American, Caribbean and South African heritage. The Guildhall Jazz Department strives to comprehensively reflect the diversity of jazz in its programming and curriculum of study.

Please find our audition requirements below.

Live Auditions

Audition requirements are the same for all jazz programmes (BMus, Guildhall Artist Masters and Artist Diploma), but the expected standard of performance/submissions is higher for our postgraduate courses.

 

Recorded Auditions

Audition requirements are the same for all jazz programmes (BMus, Guildhall Artist Masters and Artist Diploma), but the expected standard of performance/submissions is higher for our postgraduate courses.

Audition Requirements: Composition and Arranging*

Live (in-person) and online auditions

If you are applying as a principal study composer/arranger (as opposed to an instrumentalist/vocalist) you should submit a portfolio of three contrasting works. These should all contain passages for improvisation and be scored for ensembles which include a rhythm section.  

Recordings (MP3) and scores (PDF) are required; computer demos are acceptable if a live recording is not possible.

If you are attending in person your audition will include a short discussion with the panel about you and about music.

For live auditions, please send the MP3s and PDFs to jazz@gsmd.ac.uk, quoting your application reference number, at least one week prior to your interview. 

For recorded auditions please submit your materials as described above. Please include a page or two describing the pieces you have submitted and some information about yourself. We are particularly interested to know what instruments you play.