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?
Group auditions last around 60 minutes and are run by a musical director. We ask each auditionee to prepare two contrasting pieces of music around two minutes in length that best demonstrate your abilities. You will perform to the group (the MD and 3 other auditionees) and the MD will give you some feedback and 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 £1,500 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 have held auditions at each of our actor audition days across the UK as well as a whole day in London at The Joint on 24th March. We are still keen to hear from musicians interested in joining one of our courses in the band. If you are interested and would like to audition (possibly via skype or video) please email Hannah Kipling firstname.lastname@example.org