• Youth Music Theatre UK - Musician Auditions 2016 - Youth Theatre - YMT
  • Youth Music Theatre UK - Musician Auditions 2016 - Youth Theatre - YMT

Musician Auditions


Booking for YMT's Musician Auditions

Each year we offer opportunities to talented young musicians (aged 11-21) who play ANY instrument to a Grade 7 standard and above. This is your chance to play in a pit-band, on-stage band or as an actor-musician! You'll work with a professional team to create a brand new show on one of our summer residential productions.

What are you auditioning for?

You are auditioning to join the YMT Company where, if successful, you’ll be placed on a two or three week residential project to create a brand new piece of music theatre. YMT projects take place in July/August across the UK and the selection process is not based on geography, so you may not be placed on the course closest to where you live - you may be working in London, Aberdeen, Plymouth, Belfast or somewhere else! Exact details of the instrumentation required will be available on  the individual show pages in due course. For instance the pit band for A Winter’s Tale will be piano, keys, 2 x violin, 2 x cello, double bass, cornet, guitar, accordion, harp, vibraphone, steel pans and an enormous amount of percussion. Help! will need keyboard, bass, lead guitar and drums. Barrack Room Ballads an ensemble of percussion, brass, woodwind and strings. Paperboy may well be looking for a replica band to play the Bay City Rollers (research project for most of you!).

What happens in the audition?

Auditions last around 15 minutes and are run by a musical director. We will ask you to prepare two contrasting pieces of music around two minutes in length that best demonstrate your abilities. The MD will then talk about your musical interests to see which project will best suit you. Musicians will receive a results letter from April onwards.

Does the audition cost?


Is there a course fee if I'm successful?

If successful, there is a course fee. YMT is a not-for-profit educational charity and, while we do receive Arts Council England funding to keep fees as low as possible, our primary source of income comes from course fees. The course fee varies depending on the length of the course and in 2017 our fully-residential courses for musicians start £750 and go up to at £1,300 depending on the length of the course. This may sound expensive but we never ask for the payment in one lump sum and instead set up a payment plan. Furthermore, the fee covers full-board accommodation for the whole duration of the project, tuition from leading industry professionals, 24-hour full pastoral care, theatre hire, sound design and technical staff. We also have a comprehensive bursary scheme if required, plus we are always happy to offer help on raising money.

How Do I Book?

We shall be holding auditions at each of our actor audition days across the UK so you have plenty of choice as to venue.See below for the full list of days. Instrumental auditions generally take place before the first actors audition or at lunchtime. In addition we shall be auditioning for a whole day in London at The Joint on Saturday 24th April. Please be aware drummers can only audition at The Joint on March 24, this is due to the unavailability of drum kits at our other venues.

To book please call the office on 020 8563 7725 to arrange your date and time. You will then be sent a full registration form to complete and return by email or post. This will give you details of what to prepare but essentially it is two pieces of differing styles which best show off your skills level. Each piece should be about an 2 minutes long.

Instrumentalists booking on the same day as actors auditions are welcome to stay and watch the actors if they want to get an idea of the sort of work that we do. You can also book for a full actors audition following your instrumental audition – just use the booking form on the website here.

Date City Venue Time Slots
Jan Sun 14 London City of Westminster College 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
Jan Sat 20  London Academy Mews Dance Studios 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Inverness Spectrum Centre 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Hull University of Hull 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Jan Sun 21 Newcastle Dance City 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Dublin Dance Ireland 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Glasgow to be confirmed 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Jan Sat 27 Guildford Performance Preparation Academy 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Stockton ARC 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Jan Sun 28 Birmingham Hippodrome 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Manchester The Lowry 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Shrewsbury Severn Theatre 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sat 3 Plymouth Barbican 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Derry The Playhouse Theatre 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Leicester CURVE 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sun 4 Belfast Lyric Theatre 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Bristol Hamilton House 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Cambridge The Junction 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sat 10 London Academy Mews Dance Studio 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Edinburgh Dance Base 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Norwich The Garage 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sun 11 Aberdeen Lemon Tree 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Ipswich Dance East 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
  Canterbury Canterbury Academy 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sat 17 Southampton The Point 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Sheffield to be confirmed 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Liverpool Everyman Theatre 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
Feb Sun 18 London City of Westminster College 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Leeds Northern Ballet 9:40, 13:30, 13:45
  Oxford Pegasus Theatre 10:40, 13:00, 16:00
 Mar Sat 24 London The Joint From 10am to 5pm

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