Auditions take place annually and are currently closed.
Applications for the 2018 YCAT auditions will open towards the end of 2017.
We are delighted to announce that three additional prizes will be awarded through the 2017 YCAT auditions:
All three prizes are judged separately from the continuing YCAT audition process and decided in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Eligible ensembles wishing to apply for the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize or the Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award will be required to audition separately on Thursday 23 March 2017. All ensembles at this audition will be notified immediately as to whether they will proceed to the YCAT semi-final auditions the following week. More information about these prizes, including guidelines for eligibility, can be found here.
The Emily Anderson Prize will be awarded at the semi-final auditions. More information about this prize, including guidelines for eligibility, can be found here.
30 minutes of repertoire (free choice which demonstrates a versatile, varied and strong musical character) – this may be comprised of separate videos, provided each complies with the requirements below:
Alternatively, if you have existing video material which is already viewable on YouTube and fulfils the above requirements, then please indicate the relevant link(s) on your application form. If you are submitting existing links, there is no need to record a separate spoken introduction. You may also send links to private YouTube videos if you prefer.
Semi-final auditions will take place at:
22 Mansfield Street
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Thursday 30 March 2017
Friday 31 March 2017
The general repertoire requirements (excepting Piano Chamber/Accompaniment category) are free choice. This can include material submitted in the first round video audition.
While free choice, the repertoire chosen should clearly reflect your current strengths and aspirations and ideally cover a range of genres and styles, e.g. solo and duo works, concertos where appropriate, song repertoire, operatic and oratorio. Most importantly, we hope that your choice of repertoire reflects clearly where you feel you communicate a strong sense of your musical personality along with an awareness of central core repertory essential for a successful career as a performing artist or ensemble.
Please prepare the full programme for this audition. You will be able to choose your opening work, and then the panel will choose the following piece(s).
Final auditions will take place at:
36 Wigmore Street
Thursday 25 May 2017, 3pm and 7pm