Audition Guide

Auditions at LCoM

Auditions can be daunting and a challenging experience for even the most confident musician. However, they are a great way to assess your potential, musical quality and suitability for the programmes offered at Leeds College of Music. An audition is the perfect time for you to show your personality, individuality and determination as well as providing you with an opportunity to discuss what your musical passions are and where your ambition lies with the panel.

Before the audition

  • Try to attend an Experience Day at Leeds College of Music – this will give you an idea of the campus and the opportunity to talk to current students about what the conservatoire can offer to prospective applicants like you.

  • Check the audition repertoire requirements and start to prepare as far ahead as possible.

  • Make a list of the things you need to remember on the day & try to avoid any situation that might increase your stress levels.

  • Travel-wise, don’t leave anything to chance. Make generous allowances for delayed trains or terrible traffic - especially if a long journey is involved. You should aim to arrive at LCoM at least 30 minutes before the time of your audition because you will have access to an individual practice room in which to warm up in for 20 minutes before your audition starts.

  • If you can no longer attend an audition please let the conservatoire know as soon as possible.

In case you haven't already seen it, you might want to take a look at the 'Making the most of your audition' document found online which has been produced in collaboration with other CUKAS conservatoires.

Similarly, follow our useful tips below!

Tips for your audition

Preparation is key

  • Make enough copies of the music you will play and give them to the panel. You want to impress them with your playing & overall preparation.

  • Perhaps sing a few bars in your head before you start playing.

  • Don't over-rehearse by playing too much just before you enter the audition room.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of context of your music by pronouncing the names and composers of your pieces correctly.

  • Have several ‘practice auditions’ to family and friends and ask for their comments.

  • We have no dress code for auditions, but remember that you will want to make a good impression to the panel so consider what you’re going to wear.

  • Make sure you know why you want to study at Leeds College of Music because you may be asked. You will also have the chance to ask the panel your questions, so make sure you’ve prepared for this.

Your audition

  • Be yourself and have confidence in what you’re saying. Remember that you’ve worked really hard over the past weeks or months to get to this point.

  • Take a few deep breaths before your audition to steady any nerves you may have.

  • If you make a mistake, don't-stop and repeat the piece, just keep playing until you are finished.

  • The panel may want to see if you will work well in an ensemble, so be sure to communicate and interact well with the other musicians.

  • Smile!

For specific course related audition guides plus information about audition fees please click here.

After the audition

  • Relax! Even if you have other auditions to complete, you’ve finished this one and you can be proud of that.

  • Try not to go over your audition too much in your head. It’s helpful to learn from any mistakes if you have other auditions to complete, but it isn’t helpful to keep thinking about what you could have/should have done.

  • We will inform you of the result of your audition via UCAS Conservatoires as soon as possible after the auditions. Decisions about Scholarships are usually made at the end of the audition period. Find out everything you need to know regarding our scholarships here.

Good luck with your audition preparation. We look forward to meeting you.


Our audition weeks usually fall at the same time each year. You will be invited to audition during one of these weeks, depending on when we receive your application.

Our 2017 audition weeks are:
24 – 28 October 2016
19 – 23 December 2016
13 – 17 February 2017

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