Guildhall School of Music and Drama Auditions
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Auditions
Auditioning for the Programme
Students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds are selected on merit by audition.
It is not necessary to have any previous acting experience.
You should normally be at least 18 years old when you begin your training. Most students are a few years older. There is no upper age limit.
We welcome applications from overseas candidates. You must be completely fluent in the English Language (the equivalent of a minimum IELTS score of 7.5). Current and recent overseas students have come from Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United States.
We consider diversity to be an enriching and vital part of theatre-making. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the audition process. Read more about the disability support we offer to applicants.
The application process for the BA (Hons) and MA Acting programmes involves a three-stage audition: the first round audition, the second round audition and the final recall audition. You must pass each stage in order to proceed to the next.
All auditions are performed in person at the School; we do not accept recordings or arrange Skype auditions.
For applicants auditioning in New York, second round auditions take place on the same day as first round auditions.
What you should prepare
You should prepare three contrasting dramatic pieces of your own choice:
- One must be in verse (blank or rhymed) from a play by Shakespeare or another Jacobean playwright;
- One from a modern play written after 1956;
- One should be a contrasting piece from any period.
No piece should last longer than two minutes.
In addition, you should also be prepared to sing a short unaccompanied song of your own choice. This is to assess your ability to perform and interpret a song rather than your singing ability.
Notification of audition dates are sent by email. Please be aware that occasionally email notifications can be diverted to junk mail folders.
Due to the volume of applications received, please allow up to 8 weeks to be allocated an audition date.
First round auditions
The majority of first round auditions are held in London between October and May.
First round auditions in Bristol and Newcastle take place on:
- Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March 2017.
Applications deadline for auditions in London, Bristol and Newcastle is Tuesday 24 January 2017.
New York auditions take place between:
- Tuesday 17 and Tuesday 24 January 2017 (except Friday 20 January 2017).
330 7th Ave
New York, NY
Application deadline for auditions in New York is Tuesday 13 December 2016. Read more about auditions in New York.
For international applicants outside Europe, auditions are arranged to take place during the week prior to the final recall auditions (dates noted below).
Second round auditions
The dates of these will be notified to applicants who successfully pass the first round auditions. All second round auditions take place in London and you should be prepared to spend a half day at the School.
Final recall auditions
If you are successful at the second round audition you will be invited to return for a further two days; the final recall auditions are held between Sunday 14 and Friday 19 May 2017.
Please note: if you are unable to attend the final recall auditions, you cannot be considered for a place on the Acting Programme.
Final recall auditions include voice, movement and improvisation work (some of this in small groups), more detailed work on audition pieces and a short interview. You meet and work with many of the staff members who teach on the programme.
|London, Bristol, Newcastle||£63|
|New York||£83 / $140 USD|
The above fee, which is non-refundable, is a complete fee; there are no additional fees should you progress through the audition stages.
The School does not accept applications for a repeat audition for the same year of entry.
Applicants will be permitted to audition for the three year BA (Hons) and/or MA Acting programmes on no more than three occasions in total. If an applicant is unsuccessful in gaining a place after three auditions, a fourth audition will not be offered under any circumstances. Decisions made on re-applications prior to 17 June 2013 will stand.
Vocal Studies Auditions
Candidates will be required to offer three contrasting pieces of their own choice, to be sung from memory. In addition, candidates should prepare a short poem or piece of prose to perform at the audition; this need not necessarily be from memory.
BMus Vocal Studies auditions take place in two rounds, so candidates should keep morning and afternoon of their audition day free:
All candidates will be scheduled for a First Round audition to take place in the morning: two items will be heard in the First Round, the first chosen by the candidate, the second chosen by the panel from the candidate’s three pieces. Candidates will be informed immediately whether or not they will progress to the Second Round.
Candidates who progress to the Second Round will be invited to return in the afternoon to take part in a short Text & Movement workshop (no prepared material required but loose clothing recommended), followed by a second audition at which all three pieces will be heard, the poem/prose will be offered and a short piece of Sight-Singing will be given.
Postgraduate Vocal Studies Audition (Postgraduate Vocal Training)
Guildhall Artist Programme (Vocal Studies)
Candidates for the Guildhall Artist programmes in Vocal Studies prepare six items as follows:
- a seventeenth-century or eighteenth-century Italian song or aria
- a German Lied
- a French mélodie
- a song set to English Language text by a composer of the 20th or 21st century
- an oratorio aria
- an opera or operetta aria in the original key and preferably in the original language.
Guildhall Artist Programme Vocal Auditions take place in two rounds, so candidates should keep morning and afternoon of their audition day free:
All candidates will be scheduled for a First Round audition to take place in the morning. In the First Round, the candidate should offer three items from their list: the first item performed will be the candidate’s own choice and the audition panel will then select one further item. Candidates will be informed immediately whether or not they will progress to the Second Round.
Candidates who progress to the Second Round will be invited to return in the afternoon for a second audition at which all pieces must be offered: the first item performed will again be the candidate’s own choice (this can be a repeat of an item heard in the First Round) and the audition panel will select one or two further items from the full list.
Artist Diploma (Vocal Studies)
Candidates for the Artist Diploma in Vocal Studies should prepare a programme of 25-30 minutes of music. A list of your chosen repertoire must be printed and brought to the audition: you will be invited to choose the first piece you perform and the panel will then choose further items from your list.
At Artist Diploma level we expect your audition repertoire to show your particular strengths, interests and focus: if your aim is for your Artist Diploma studies to concentrate on a specific style or genre, your audition choices should reflect this; if your aim for the Artist Diploma is more broad-based, we will want to hear a wider range of audition repertoire. In both cases, however, your skill in putting together a coherent, logical audition programme will be considered by the panel, even if only some items are performed on the day. Your repertoire choices are likely to be the basis of some discussion in the short interview that concludes the Artist Diploma Vocal audition.
Joint Postgraduate Vocal Studies & Opera Course Audition
Candidates who wish to be considered for both the Vocal Studies and the Opera Studies courses (joint Opera/PVT audition) should prepare the following:
Guildhall Artist Programme (Joint Opera/Vocal Studies application)
- The SIX items listed under Guildhall Artist Programme (Vocal Studies) above
- one additional contrasting opera or operetta aria. For those whose first language is not English, one of the arias must be in English (either original or in translation).
Artist Diploma (Joint Opera/Vocal Studies application)
- Two opera/operetta arias (one of which must be in English for those whose first language is not English)
- One song or oratorio aria
- The full 25-30 minute programme outlined under Artist Diploma (Vocal Studies) above, which may include the two opera/operetta arias and song/oratorio item.
Joint Vocal Studies & Opera Course auditions take place in several rounds. Candidates should keep morning and afternoon of their first audition day free:
All candidates will be scheduled for a First Round audition to take place in the morning. In the First Round, the candidate should offer their two opera/operetta arias plus one other item from their list: the first item performed will be the candidate’s own choice and the audition panel will then select one further item. Candidates will be informed immediately whether or not they will progress to another round.
Second Round (Vocal Studies)
Candidates who progress to the Second Round (Vocal Studies) will be invited to return in the afternoon for a second audition at which all pieces must be offered: the first item performed will again be the candidate’s own choice (this can be a repeat of an item heard in the First Round) and the audition panel will select one or two further items from the full list.
Second Round (Opera Studies)
Candidates who also progress to the Second Round (Opera Studies) will be invited to return at a later date. At this audition, candidates must present two contrasting operatic arias, at least one of which must be different from those offered in the first round. They will also be required to attend a 30 minute movement & drama workshop so please bring an appropriate change of clothes.
The Second Round Opera audition dates for September 2016 entry are scheduled for the week commencing 14th December 2015.
Opera Course Audition
Opera Course auditions take place in two rounds. Candidates who are successful in the first round will be invited to sing again in the second round at a later date.
Candidates should prepare two contrasting opera arias. Those whose first language is not English must offer one aria, either originally composed in, or translated into English.
Candidates invited to sing in the second audition should prepare two contrasting opera arias, one of which must be different from those offered in the first round. They will also be required to attend a 30 minute movement & drama workshop so please bring an appropriate change of clothes.
The Second Round Opera audition dates for September 2017 entry are scheduled for 6-7 December 2016.