Audition Dates & Info

If you have applied for South West Music School 2017/18, audition and interview dates are as follows:

Saturday 10th June 2017 – Exeter, Devon

Sunday 11th June 2017 – Truro, Cornwall

Saturday 17th June 2017 – Bristol

Sunday 18th June 2017 – Wellington, Somerset

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017 – Composer interviews (location TBC)

Existing SWMS students are required to audition annually. The only exception to this are students on the Core and Composer programmes who are automatically accepted onto the next year, so long as SWMS do not have any particular concerns about a student. In this case, we may ask to chat with that student on a 1-2-1 basis or ask them to audition.

What should I expect from my audition/interview?

Instrumentalists
Each audition lasts approximately 40 minutes and comprises of two parts: applicants are asked to perform two pieces (or three shorter pieces for younger applicants) that last up to 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute musical Q&A. You will be performing to the SWMS CEO and Chair of Trustees. Accompaniment is available for your performance. After this, you will sit down with one of our mentors to have a one-to-one discussion about your musical interests and ambitions. Auditions are friendly and relaxed and are designed to allow you to showcase your talents.

Composers
Each Composer interview will also last approximately 40 minutes. Within this time, one of our composition mentors will sit down with you to discuss the scores you submitted as part of your application as well as your compositional influences, your interests and any achievements or goals you possess.