Applications for 2020 will open in February and close in late March.


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Categories for the 2020 auditions

  • Strings
  • Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
  • Voice
  • Solo Piano / Keyboard
  • Collaborative Piano (chamber/accompaniment)
  • Ensemble (3-6 instrumentalists – nb this does not include duos)

About the YCAT Auditions

  • Auditions take place annually.
  • Those auditioning measure their performance against a standard of excellence and not against each other. The juries look not only for exceptional musical talent, but also for artistic individuality and projection as a performer.
  • No set number of musicians are selected in any one year.
  • The audition fee is £60 (inc. VAT).


  1. Musicians must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a recognised course of study for their instrument/voice. If your nationality is from outside the European Union, you must have the correct visa to be able to perform regularly in the UK without the need for individual work permits. This does not currently include Tier 4 student visas.
  2. The age limit for instrumentalists is 28 and for singers 30 (as at 29 May 2020). Chamber ensembles must have an average age of 28 or under.
  3. Entrants must not be under commercial management at the time of application.
  4. YCAT reserves the right to accept or refuse auditions to any applicant at its absolute discretion and without giving reasons.
  5. Artists who have been heard before may apply again and will be considered for an audition at the discretion of YCAT.
  6. Artists requiring accompanists and page turners will be expected to make their own arrangements and cover all the expenses involved.
First Round Auditions

Video submission

40 minutes of repertoire (free choice which demonstrates a versatile, varied and strong musical character) – this may consist of separate videos, provided each complies with the requirements below:

  1. The video(s) must be UNEDITED and indisputably be from a live performance (nb this does not have to be in concert). Ideally this will be recorded using a single position camera
  2. The performance must have taken place after 1st July 2019
  3. The video(s) should commence with a brief, clear, spoken introduction giving your name and the repertoire about to be performed

Videos should be submitted either as YouTube links or private files shared via Dropbox to

If you have existing video material on YouTube that 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

Private round

Semi-final auditions will take place at:

22 Mansfield Street

Live semi-final auditions and finalist interviews will take place w/c 27th April 2020.

Semi-final repertoire requirements (excepting Piano Chamber/Accompaniment category) are free choice. This can include material submitted in the first round video audition.

  1. Instrumental applicants submit 100 minutes worth of repertoire
  2. Vocalists submit 60 minutes worth of repertoire
  3. Ensembles submit 120 minutes worth of repertoire (complete works)
  4. Piano Chamber/Accompaniment applicants submit 120 minutes of repertoire in both instrumental and vocal music. You will be required to bring your own vocal and instrumental duo partners to 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 (due to lack of a second piano, pianists should not include concerto repertoire in live audition programme). 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

Public round

Final auditions will take place at:

Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street

The finals will be held on 29th May 2020