Strings Audition Requirements


Technical requirements: demonstrate different bowings in any two octave scale of your choice, one study which demonstrates technical ability.

  1. Prepared program: a fast and slow movement from a baroque sonata, for example, Corelli, Eccles or Vivaldi; and two short pieces, including one 20th or 21st century work..


  1. Technical requirements: all major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with all standard right-hand fingerings; and two contrasting studies, for example: Villa Lobos (any); Sor 12, 16 or 20 (Segovia); Dodgson 4 or 10.
  2. Prepared program: three contrasting pieces, including one 20th century work.


Technical requirements: major and minor keys over four octaves including common chords, dominant sevenths and their inversions performed as: scales (both hands); arpeggios (both hands); extended arpeggios; flat, broken chords (both hands); one study such as ‘Mirage’ – Modern Study of the Harp by Carlos Salzedo (Schirmer 1948), ‘Premiere Etude’ – Exercises et Etudes no.36 by (Ed) La Riviere Alphonse Leduc (or equivalent).

  1. Prepared program: two solos of contrasting style such as Bach – ‘Bourree’, Corelli – Gigue’, Salzedo – ‘Quietude’, Thomas – ‘A Native’s Farewell’, Ibert – ‘Scherzetto’, Salzedo -‘Gavotte’ from ‘Suite of Eight Dances’, Britten – ‘Interlude’ from ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ or other of an equivalent standard Harp.


  1. Technical requirements: You should prepare scales, arpeggios (including dominant and diminished) and standard double stops (3rds, 6ths, 8ves) for at least one key of your choice from a scales system according to you current level of individual technical proficiency and background; you may be asked to demonstrate different bowings in any three octave scale of your choice; one study
    • Violin — Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rode, Dont Opus 35 or any other study of comparable or higher degree of difficulty
    • Viola — as above or a study by Campagnoli (no concerto is required)
    • Violoncello — Piatti, Popper or Grutzmacher.
  2. Prepared program: two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work; a fast and a slow movement from a concerto in the standard repertoire; and one short 20th century work (either a piece, or a movement of a sonata).