To be considered for an audition at The Purcell School, applicants must first apply. Please see How to Apply. Our auditions are currently being done remotely via Zoom. Candidates will be asked to present one piece lasting no more than five minutes on their first study instrument (it does not matter if the piece is unaccompanied). First study pianists are expected to perform from memory. There will also be sight-reading on the first instrument and aural tests. Candidates will then be interviewed by an audition panel which will include the Director of Music and relevant Head of Department.

An audition fee of £50, payable online, must be made and received by the relevant audition date. For families in serious financial difficulty for whom the application and/or audition fee would prevent them applying, please contact the Registrar for a conversation about how the School can help.

Following a successful audition, the candidate will either be offered a place (normally within two weeks of the audition) or placed on a waiting list.

If you have any further queries about our auditions please contact the School Registrar, Karen Eldridge on or 01923 331107.