Trinity Performance Diplomas are our most advanced performance awards. They follow on from our Grade and Certificate exams, taking musicians up to a professional standard of performance and musical understanding. We offer Recital Diplomas for classical and jazz musicians and Pro-Music Diplomas for session musicians with a focus on professional practice.
Recital Diplomas are based around the planning and execution of a recital performance – 90% of the marks are for the performance, and 10% for presentation, including programme notes. There are no supporting tests.
Pro-Music Diplomas assess performance along with the practical skills surrounding life as a professional session musician, such as rehearsal skills, ensemble playing and concert promotion. There are two units to complete – Unit 1 is mainly written work and Unit 2 is a practical exam.
The Recital Diploma is available at three levels:
- Associate (ATCL): equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree
- Licentiate (LTCL): equivalent in standard to the final year of an undergraduate degree
- Fellowship (FTCL): equivalent in standard to a postgraduate course at a conservatoire or university
Pro-Music diplomas are available at ATCL and LTCL levels.
You can choose your Recital Diploma repertoire from our repertoire lists, select your own pieces or have a mix of the two. If there’s no repertoire list for your chosen instrument, you can propose an ‘own choice’ programme. Any programme including own choice items, or single movements from items listed complete in the syllabus, must be approved by Trinity before you can enter for the exam. If your programme is all taken from the repertoire lists then you won’t need approval.
The syllabus gives advice on creating a recital programme. You can’t choose any ‘own choice’ pieces set for our Grade or Certificate exams, or from a lower level diploma.
If you want to present a jazz recital or pro-music programme, there’s no repertoire, so you’ll have to create your own and get it approved by Trinity.