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For the first round auditions, you will be asked to play a set piece specified by the examiners (an accompanist or other instrumentalist will be provided as required - you are not permitted to bring your own accompanist). You may also be required to do some sight-reading.

If successful at the first round auditions, candidates will be invited back to the second round auditions. At second round auditions candidates will be placed in chamber groups with other candidates and are required to play set pieces of chamber repertoire.

Set pieces list

First Round 2020

  • Piano Beethoven Violin Sonata in G major, op.30 number 3, first movement
  • Violin Brahms Violin Sonata G major, Violin Sonata number 1, first movement
  • Viola Max Bruch Romance op. 85
  • Cello Schumann Fantasie Stücke number 1 & 2  
  • Double bass Bottesini Elegy in D major          
  • Oboe Grovlez Sarabande et Allegro
  • Flute Enescu Cantabile et Presto for Flute and Piano
  • Clarinet Saint-Saëns Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat major, op.167, movements 1 & 2
  • Bassoon Dutilleux Sarabande and Cortège
  • Horn Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert, op. 94 
  • Harp Pierne Impromptu-Caprice op. 9
  • Trumpet Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Trumpet
  • Trombone Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Trombone
  • Tuba Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Tuba

Second Round 2020

Brass players may be required to play in second round groups but are not required to prepare any repertoire in advance

  • String Quartet - Beethoven String Quartet op.18 number 4 in C minor, 1st movement
  • Piano Trio - Beethoven Piano Trio op.11, 1st movement
  • Wind Quintet - Paul Patterson Folk song arrangements Westerly Winds – number 2 Widecombe Jan and number 4 The Looe Bar Lady

Candidates selected for Round 2 should be prepared to play any part from the pieces listed above relevant to their instrument. Parts will be made available using Dropbox. An e-mail with the link will be circulated by 1 June.

Horn players will receive a single audition, at which they will be asked to express a preference for playing in either a wind or brass group.

Candidates should not play repeats in any of the set works.

Important dates

  • 28 February 2020: Application deadline
  • 4 May 2020: Application deadline for existing students
  • 1 August 2020: Application deadline for graduate applications 

Instrumental Award Application

Application Form

The Instrumental Award application deadline is 28 February 2020.

Award Managers

  • Dr S J Barrett, Director of the IAS
  • Prof Margaret Faultless, Performance Director
  • Dr Martin Ennis
  • Christopher Lawrence
  • Dr Paul Wingfield 


Chloe Davidson
Administrator, Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music Scheme