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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 2019

  • Violin - Schumann Sonata A minor, op.105, first movement
  • Viola - Schumann Märchenbilder, op.113, numbers 3 & 4
  • Cello - Schumann Stücke im Volkston, numbers 1 & 2
  • Double Bass Bottesini Elegy in D major
  • Piano - Beethoven Cello Sonata in F major, first movement 
  • Harp - Pierne Impromptu-Caprice op. 9
  • Flute Gaubert Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando
  • OboeNielsen Two Fantasistykke
  • Clarinet Schumann Fantasiestücke, op. 73, numbers 1 & 3
  • BassoonElgar Romance
  • Horn - Franz Strauss Intro, Theme and Variations
  • Trumpet - Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Trumpet
  • Trombone - Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Trombone
  • Tuba - Malcolm Arnold Fantasy for Tuba

Second Round 2019

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

  • Wind - Paul Patterson Folk song arrangements Westerly Winds 1. Scrumpy Giles 3. Lazy Lawrence
  • String Quartet - Beethoven op.18 number 6, 1st movement
  • Piano Trio - Beethoven Ghost op.70 number 1, 1st movement

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 2019: Application deadline
  • 4 May 2019: Application deadline for existing students
  • 1 August 2019: Application deadline for graduate applications 

Instrumental Award Application

Application Form

The Instrumental Award application deadline is 28 February 2019.

Award Managers

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


Chloe Davidson
Administrator, Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music Scheme