The course at the RNCM is performance based, and I will be studying with Rob Buckland and Carl Raven. My performance studies will include 1 to 1 lessons, masterclasses, chamber music and performance classes. I will also have the opportunity to play in the RNCM Saxophone Orchestra, provided that is allowed by September! The programme also includes modules covering music theory, harmony, music history and career development.
The audition process was online this year, and each conservatoire had different requirements. For the RNCM, the main part of the application was an audition recording. This included an introduction where I had to speak about my experience and ambitions for the future, a performance of two pieces (I chose the Creston Sonata and Fantaisie Impromptu by Jolivet), scales and spoken answers to interview questions set by the panel in advance.
After submitting my audition recording, I had to com
plete an online test (45 questions in 45 minutes!) which assessed my knowledge of music theory and history, as well as aural skills. Finally, I was invited to an online interview at the beginning of December.
At the start of the process I thought the online auditions were going to be less stressful than playing in front of the panel, however it ended up being more intense than a one day audition - and despite being warned against recording my pieces over and over, I struggled with the idea of submitting anything that was less than 'perfect'.
However, it was all worth it and I can't wait to start at the RNCM in September!"