Auditions 2019

The Kirckman Concert Society was formed in 1963 to promote young artists of exceptional talent. Those successful at the 2019 auditions will be offered a recital promoted by the Society at a major London venue during the 2019/20 season. The Society is not able to offer a recital fee, but makes a contribution of £100 per musician towards out of pocket expenses.

The 2019 auditions will be held in MANCHESTER and LONDON. Those successful at audition will be offered a recital promoted by the Society at a major London venue during the 2019/20 season.

Sunday 10 February 2019 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Sunday 17 February 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Please read carefully through the following information before you start preparing your application to make sure you meet all the requirements and submit a complete application in the correct way.
If you have any queries, please contact us by email. Please bear in mind that we are a small organisation and do not have a full-time office, so there may on some occasions be a small delay in replying.

Closing date
For the February 2019 auditions, the closing date for receipt of applications will be 4:00pm on Thursday 29 November 2018 - although it is recommended to apply well in advance of this date to allow adequate time for your application to be considered.
Applications which arrive after 4:00pm on Thursday 29 November cannot be considered - this includes all application forms, CVs and references.
All applicants will be contacted in December 2018, whether they are offered an audition or not.

Those eligible to apply
Only those who have permission to live and perform in the UK for at least three years may apply.
The Society considers applications from solo pianists, instrumental duos and small ensembles. At present we regret that we cannot offer auditions to singers.

Age limit
- Solo pianists and Duos: the age limit is 30 by the time of any recital offered. Any recital is likely to take place during the season following the audition - following a successful audition in February 2019, a recital date offered would generally be during the 2019/20 season. A date is offered in accordance with each artist's availability.
- Ensembles of 3 or more: we will accept an average age of 30 by the time of any recital offered.

Application procedure

Those whose initial application is successful will then be invited to audition. Those whose application is not successful will be notified.

Membership of duos / small ensembles
Please note that we expect the membership of any duos and small ensembles which are successful at audition to be the same for any subsequent recital offered.

Applications should be submitted by email only to

The audition
Auditionees are requested to present a 15-minute programme, including a contrast of styles and periods.
Since to perform complete works would often exceed the time allowed, individual movements can be performed.
Candidates are requested to time their audition pieces carefully, since time is very limited and auditions which over-run are unfair on later candidates.
Auditionees do not need to notify us about their audition programme beforehand
A warm-up room is available 20 minutes before the audition.