Music Requirements 

Prepare, practise – and enjoy yourself during your audition

If you play at Grade 8 & above and have submitted your NYO application, you will be asked to take part in our audition process. Please download your instrument-specific information sheet below.


This will provide you with all the information specifying both first-round video audition requirement, and/or final round assessment day requirement. All excerpts need a password before you can access them, so that we keep within publishing guidelines. The password can be found within 'Audition Excerpts' in the application form on the Musicians’ Area. You can use this password to download and view the relevant excerpts. You can also email Shannon at to receive this password.


If you would like to learn more about the music requirements for different instruments, please click here to download the Auditions Information Sheet.





001 Flute




002 Oboe




003 Clarinet




004 Bassoon




005 Horn 




006 Trumpet




010 Harp




011 Violin


•   We suggest that you listen to multiple performances of the excerpts and take them to your teachers, just as you would your pieces.

•   There are lots of different recordings and they are really easy to find on YouTube, Spotify, etc.

•   You should research and understand the orchestral context of the excerpts – you could even listen to other pieces from the same composer to widen your knowledge of their work and their style.


Technical Tips for recording your video

NYO musicians have put together a video showcasing their tips for when recording an audition video.




Submitting a performance video can seem stressful, but it doesn’t need to be! The important thing to remember is to try and keep within your comfort zone i.e. think of it as just another ‘sharing’ that you normally do. Here are some healthy habits when you practise, shared by NYO trombone tutor, Peter Gane.


•   Develop practical routine and habits when you practise – this includes doing warm up, warm down and mindful exercises before you start your practice. Start with some easy ‘warm up’ exercises with your instrument, then practise through your pieces and excerpts. It is also good to ‘perform’ with running through without stopping, in different venues if possible and take note of weak spots. Get used to risk limitation and build your stamina.

•   Be mindful – Check that your posture is in a balanced and relaxed body language, and that you have good breathing techniques.

•   Remember the music – don’t forget to tell a story when you practise your performance. Have a clear view of the music, use imagination to project the character and musical gestures as you feel them letting this guide your preparation.

•   Perform to others – give your teacher, guardians or friends a full run of the performance.

•   Find the joy – don’t forget to develop good body language remembering to move with the music and most importantly – enjoy yourself as a performer!

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