The Audition ProcessThe
process of applying and auditioning for The National Centre of
Excellence in Traditional Music is very straightforward, and has three
Open Day/Advisory Audition
The Director prefers
to meet prospective applicants before a full application is accepted.
Most applicants take advantage of this opportunity to visit the Centre,
play or sing privately for the Director and take advice as to whether to
proceed to full audition.
The Centre’s Open Days for the next academic
year will be held on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 2019. There
are sessions each day, commencing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., consisting of a
presentation by staff of the Centre, the Residence, and the High School
and a tour of all three facilities. Prospective applicants and their
parents have a chance to meet staff and students and ask any questions
they have about coming to the Centre, and to have a brief advisory
audition. It is only necessary to attend one of the four sessions.
auditions can be arranged by appointment. The process is very similar
to the open days, but an Advisory Audition guarantees more personal
The final audition takes place
at the Centre. Auditions will take place week commencing 18th March
2019. The applicant is required to perform 15 minutes of music of their
choice. It is usually best to concentrate mainly on the first study, but
there are no hard and fast rules, and the candidate has the opportunity
to put together a programme which they think will best show their
skills to the panel.
After the musical performance, there is a short
interview with the candidate, and then the applicant’s parents or
guardians are invited to meet the panel and ask any questions they may
have about the Centre, the High School, and the Residence.
panel consists of the Director, a representative of the High School’s
senior management team, a specialist in the applicant’s first study
discipline (usually the tutor of that discipline), and a music education
specialist who, together with the Director, sees every audition and
assists in the overview of the final selection process.
results of the auditions are notified by telephone before the end of the
audition week, and then formally confirmed in writing after the Easter
Applicants who pass the final
audition are invited for an induction week, commencing 4th June 2019.
The purpose of this week is to give the prospective student as complete
an experience as possible of life as a student of the Centre, and
usually includes a public performance.
At the end of the
Induction Week each student has a short interview with the Director at
which it is mutually agreed whether or not the student will take up
their place. Successful applicants then commence their studies at the
Centre the following August.
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