Audition Dates & Info

If you are applying for South West Music School in 2018/19, audition and interview dates are as follows:

Saturday 9th June 2018 – Devon

Sunday 10th June 2018 – Cornwall

Saturday 16th June 2018 – Somerset

Sunday 17th June 2018 – Gloucestershire

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 2018 – 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 talk with that student and their parent/guardian on a 1-2-1 basis or ask them to audition.

What should I expect from my audition/interview?

Auditions for musicians and vocalists
Auditions are friendly and relaxed and are designed to allow you to showcase your talents. For 2018/19, we are looking to reformat the audition process.

In previous years, each audition has lasted approximately 40 minutes and has comprised 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 one other. 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.

These two elements will remain in summer 2018, but we are looking to add a third element to each audition day by way of a group workshop. All auditionees (both current students and new applicants) will be required to participate in the workshop. This is designed to assess auditionees’ group work ability, social skills and levels of confidence. Should this third element be introduced, all auditions will last for approximately half a day. More information will become available on this later in Spring 2018.

Interviews for composers
Each Composer interview lasts 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.