To be considered for an audition at The Purcell School, applicants must first apply. Please see How to Apply. Auditions take place at the School on Thursdays during term-time. Candidates will be asked to prepare and play two pieces on their first instrument and one piece on their second instrument (if relevant). The pieces are of the applicant’s own choice, and 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. Following the audition, candidates and their parents will be given tour of the School and will meet the Principal and Bursar.
Online auditions can be requested for overseas families. The requirements for online auditions will be confirmed at the point of invitation.
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.