Repertoire at all stages is free choice and should demonstrate a versatile, varied and curious musical personality. All applicants can repeat repertoire in each round.

Please note, soloists must provide their own pianists at every stage (including the public finals), make all rehearsal arrangements, and pay any fees.


Preliminary Audition (video submission)

  • 1 minute introductory video about why you are applying to YCAT 

  • 10 minutes of live, unedited performance/s

  • The video must have been recorded after 1 January 2023 and can include both live concert and/or specifically recorded materials


Semi-Final Audition (Live performance)

Repertoire from the preliminary round may be repeated in the semifinal and final rounds. At the live audition, you will choose your opening work, after which the panel will request excerpts from the remainder of the submitted programme.

You may be asked to verbally introduce some of this repertoire as you would in various concert settings.

Those invited to the live semi-final auditions will be asked to submit a repertoire list for the audition which adheres to the following time limits:

  • Instrumentalists - 100 minutes 

  • Vocalists - 60 minutes (including at least three languages)

  • Ensembles - 120 minutes (complete works only)


Final Audition (Public performance)

  • Prepare 25 minutes of repertoire to be performed in a live performance at Wigmore Hall, London. This programme will be discussed at the interview following selection of finalists. (Note that you are not required to submit this programme at the point of application).


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