Auditions 2018

THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 AUDITIONS

The Kirckman Concert Society was formed in 1963 to promote young artists of exceptional talent and, at the beginning of their careers, to provide them with a platform at a major London venue. The Society is not able to offer a recital fee, but makes a contribution of £100 per musician towards out of pocket expenses.

The next auditions for the Kirckman Concert Society will be held on Sunday 4 February 2018 at the 1901 Arts Club, 7 Exton Street, London SE1 8UE.

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 2018 auditions, the closing date for receipt of applications will be 4:00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017 - 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 30 November cannot be considered - this includes all application forms, CVs and references.
All applicants will be contacted in December 2017, 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. For example, following a successful audition in January 2017, a recital date offered would generally be during the 2017/18 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 accordingly.

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.

Correspondence
Applications should be submitted by email only to applications@kirckman.org.uk

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.