We aim to provide as much information ahead of an applicant’s audition as possible, therefore they can adequately prepare and come to the audition feeling as confident as possible. So as to keep nerves at bay, we try to keep the audition process friendly and informal.

We offer private auditions* and free auditions at any one of our NSSO Audition Hubs.

Audition information:

  • Informal audition lasting 20 minutes (approx.)
  • TWO contrasting pieces to be chosen and played by instrumentalist (maximum total duration of 8 minutes)
  • Sight-reading test
  • Viva-voce about musical experience and aspiration

Please note, NSSO can provide an accompanist or you can use your own; unaccompanied solo pieces are acceptable, but where there is an accompaniment it must be used.

 

* £50 fee applies

Audition hubs & dates:

Monday 20th January – Queens College, Taunton 
Wednesday 22nd January – The Dragon School, Oxford
Thursday 23rd January – The Blyth Centre, London
Friday 24th January – St Johns College School, Cambridge
Saturday 25th January – English Martyrs’ School, Leicester
Sunday 26th January – Malvern College, Worcestershire
Sunday 2nd February –  Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow
Saturday 8th February – Forsyth Music Shop, Manchester
Saturday 22nd February – Gamlin’s Music Centre, Cardiff
Sunday 5th April – Malvern College, Worcestershire – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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If you have an enquiry about any aspect of NSSO please feel free to get in touch:

NSSO, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern, WR14 3DF

T: 01684 581640 // 01684 581616

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