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Composition auditions will take 30 minutes and take the following format:

PRIOR TO THE AUDITION All Composition applicants are required to submit a portfolio of compositions via Embark. Read more about recorded auditions.
ON THE AUDITION DAY The audition will take the form of a discussion of this portfolio. You will be asked to perform for 2-3 minutes on an instrument of your own choice in any style. All Masters applicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a critical commentary on a piece of prose. Please note past papers are not available. Alongside this MA and MMus 1 Year Intensive applicants are also required to bring with them to the auditions a recent (within the last 12 months) piece of academic writing (2,000-5,000 words) with appropriate referencing on any music or music-related topic.  
PORTFOLIO Your portfolio will be assessed according to:
– Compositional techniques
– Writing for instruments/voice
– Analysis
– Harmonisation
RECORDED AUDITIONS Recorded auditions will be assessed using a portfolio as described above, but in addition you will be required to provide a spoken introduction to their work along with written work for Master’s applications.

Compositions portfolios must be submitted via Embark by 9th November to be considered as an on-time application.