Instrumental Categories

YCAT auditions are open to the following instruments:

  • Strings
  • Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
  • Voice
  • Solo Piano / Keyboard
  • Collaborative Piano (chamber/accompaniment)
  • Ensemble (2-6 members; groups comprising singers and instrumentalists are eligible)

Age Limit

As of 19 May 2022, you must be:

Instrumentalists - aged 28 or under

Singers - aged 30 or under

Ensembles - average age of 30 or under


If you have local or international commercial management at the time of application you are not eligible to apply.


You have completed (or are enrolled in) a recognised course of study for your instrument/voice.

EU National/Non-EU National

You must have the right to undertake regular paid performance work in the UK without the need for individual work visas/permits. 

As of 1st January 2021, EU artists (excepting the Republic of Ireland) are now subject to the same requirements as other international artists with regards to performing and visiting the UK via the Permitted Paid Engagements route. This includes all artists who may visit the UK without the need for supplementary visa approval (please see the list of visa national countries who currently need such approval and therefore are ineligible to apply for YCAT:

Those currently studying in the UK on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 visa) can only apply for YCAT in their final year of study (i.e. finishing their course of study in summer 2022). If you are planning on applying for the new 2 year UK Graduate Route in 2022 in order to remain in UK, you are also eligible to apply, so long as you fulfil the nationality requirements above. (

Still not sure? See Audition FAQs