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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

Round 1 Individual pieces 2017

  • Flute - Enescu Cantabile et Presto for flute and piano
  • Oboe - Grovlez Sarabande et Allegro Clarinet - Saint-Saëns Sonata for clarinet and piano in E-flat major, op.167, mvts 1 and 2
  • Bassoon - Dutilleux Sarabande and Cortège
  • Violin – Brahms violin sonata in G major first movement
  • Viola - Hummel Fantasie Op.94.
  • Cello - Schumann Stucke im Volkston No.1
  • Piano – Beethoven: opus 69 A major cello sonata first movement
  • Double bass – Bottesini: Elegy in D major
  • Harp – Pierne: Impromptu-Caprice opus 9
  • Horn - Saint-Saëns: Morceau de concert, op. 94
  • Trumpet - Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Trumpet
  • Trombone - Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Trombone
  • Tuba - Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Tuba

Round 2 Ensemble pieces 2017

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

  • Wind Quintet Paul Paterson's folk song arrangements Westerly Winds 1 Scrumpy Giles 3 Lazy Lawrence
  • String Quartet Beethoven: op.18 no. 6 in Bb major, 1st movement
  • Piano Trio Beethoven Piano Beethoven Ghost opus 70 number 1 first movement

Candidates selected for Round 2 should be prepared to play any part from the pieces listed above relevant to their instrument.

Important dates

  • 28 February 2017: Application deadline
  • 5 May 2017: Application deadline for existing students
  • 1 August 2017: Application deadline for graduate applications 

Instrumental Award Application

Application Form 2017

The Instrumental Award application deadline is 28 February 2017.

Award Managers

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


Chloe Davidson
Administrator, Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music Scheme