Piano Accompaniment Fellowships

Piano Accompaniment Fellows are required to accompany one-to-one lessons, faculty classes, examinations and others as agreed with the Head of Faculty. Accompaniment is likely to be in the region of 540 hours over the year, primarily during the RCM’s 30 teaching weeks. The Piano Accompaniment Fellows will report to the Head of Keyboard and to the Projects Manager, but also to the Head of the Faculty to which they are assigned. The bursary for this Junior Fellowship is in the region of £15,000.


Piano Accompaniment Activities:
  • To be linked primarily with one or more faculties, but be able to accompany for all faculties as required
  • To accompany 1-1 and group classes
  • To act as duo partner for students in concerts, prize competitions, faculty and guest masterclasses and examinations
  • To lead piano accompaniment faculty classes.
  • To lead, coach, direct, inform and work with RCM performers and composers
  • To liaise with and give support to the Head of Keyboard, and the Head of the faculty to which assigned and the Pathway Leader for Postgraduate Accompaniment
RCM-based Activities:
  • To be a member of the team of Piano Accompanimet Fellows, giving support to others, attending regular Fellowship meetings and contributing to wider events
  • To provide advice, contacts, and examples of career development to help current students
  • To organise and/or become involved in projects and activities to work with current RCM students
  • To take part in or attend, when invited, special RCM events within and outside the RCM (without further payment) and to represent the RCM on special occasions, as requested, and help to promote the RCM
Experience Required:
  • Wide experience of piano accompaniment and duo work
  • Educated to post-graduate level, specialising in piano accompaniment or equivalent experience
  • Excellent proficiency in sight-reading
  • Ability to demonstrate considerable collaborative skills
  • Piano Accompaniment Fellows are expected to live in London/Greater London and be based at the RCM and normally be in College at least four days a week in term time

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio (please see How to apply for full details) and a covering letter detailing their experience in piano accompaniment. 

Applications must be submitted by the deadline via Decision Desk


The closing date for 2018-19 applications is Monday 5 February 2018


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a sight-reading piano accompaniment audition and an interview with the Director and the Head of Keyboard.

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