We have produced a guide which includes some tips on how to produce a recording that will be acceptable to the Trustees no matter what your circumstances, but some specific points to bear in mind are:
- The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your recordings but follow our tips on camera position, etc. The recording must be unedited;
- You should try to submit accompanied pieces performed with an accompaniment but this can be a “minus-one track” if you are unable to record with an accompanist. Check the balance between your playing and the accompaniment;
- If you are unable to produce recordings specifically for your Munster Trust application, we will accept recordings made for, for instance, college video auditions, but we do require all recordings to be uploaded to YouTube and YouTube links added to your application. All recordings should be from within the past 6 months and, if you have applied to the Trust in the past, please do not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application.
- Please remember that the Trustees will not be assessing the quality of your recording but only the quality of your performance.
What to provide: SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS (except PERCUSSION – see below)
To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links. Each link must be to a video recording of you singing/playing within the previous 6 months. The two pieces that you choose for your links must be contrasting in period, style and tempo, and each piece should be between 4 and 5 minutes long.
Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.
Ideally the recordings should not include long introductions by accompanying instruments and you do not need to introduce yourself or the piece. There should be approximately five minutes of your performance on each recording.
Jazz candidates: We welcome recordings of you playing as part of a small band, so that the Trustees can judge your interaction with other players. Where this is not possible, you may use backing tracks to replace the small band. You should choose two pieces that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation.
Collaborative Pianists – Please include links to either:
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying an instrumentalist. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying a singer. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying, separately, a singer and an instrumentalist. Neither piece should exceed six minutes.
When selecting your pieces and making your recordings, please bear in mind that the Trustees wish to be able to judge both your abilities as a pianist and your skills as an accompanist.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 7591220 well in advance of the application closing date if you need to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.
What to provide: PERCUSSION
To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links to video recordings as follows:
- One video recording should consist of the following pieces: Timpani: Hindemith Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber AND Snare Drum: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Mvts 3 and 4)
- The other video recording should consist of the following pieces: Xylophone: Gershwin Porgy and Bess Introduction AND Vibraphone: Bernstein West Side Story.
If it is not possible for you to comply with these repertoire requirements, please contact the Operations Assistant on 0207 7591220 well in advance of the application closing date to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.
What to provide: COMPOSERS
To accompany your application form, please include YouTube OR SoundCloud links to two recordings of recent contrasting compositions. Two separate links are required – one for each piece. These should have been recorded within the last 6 months if possible.
Do not submit scores unless requested to do so.
Recordings of real performances are preferable but we appreciate that this may not always be possible. Please take time to consider whether your pieces are sufficiently contrasting.
If you have problems with these recording requirements, please contact the Operations Assistant on email@example.com on 0207 7591220 well in advance of the application closing date.
Uploading to YouTube/SoundCloud:
- Please note: all video recordings must be publicly viewable. Please use either the unlisted or public privacy setting.
- Ensure that all advertisements are turned off – please refer to the FAQs if necessary.
- Please add the date on which the recording was made (and not just the date on which it was uploaded) to the Description section of YouTube or SoundCloud as you upload your recording.