Trinity’s performance diplomas provide a pathway to professional musicianship, focusing exclusively on the planning and performance of a recital.
You can build a programme which you are confident in and that reflects you as a musician.
Choose your pieces from our newly expanded and regularly updated repertoire lists,
which include trusted and popular choices made by fellow teachers and candidates over the years, or submit your own-choice pieces (or a mixture of both).

Performance Diplomas are available at three levels:

  • ATCL : equivalent in standard to the first year recital of an undergraduate degree
    Entry Requirement: No prerequisites

  • LTCL : equivalent in standard to the final year recital of an undergraduate degree
    Entry Requirement: No prerequisites

  • FTCL : equivalent in standard to a postgraduate course recital at a conservatoire or university
    Entry Requirement: LTCL in the same instrument. Candidates who have passed LTCL should indicate this in the appropriate place on the entry form.
    Candidates without LTCL may apply for approval at with an equivalent qualification, or offer prior learning at a similar level to LTCL.


The 2019 Music Performance Diploma Syllabus

  • Extensive repertoire with over 3,500 pieces on lists exclusively available online and updated at regular intervals with newly approved pieces
  • Performance focus; 96% of the marks are awarded for the recital for ATCL and LTCL, with detailed programme notes only required for FTCL diplomas.
  • Programme approvals portal means candidates receive quick, dedicated feedback on their own-choice programme from our expert panel
  • Online digital resources provide teaching and learning support

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Exam Structure

Recital (96 marks)
Compile and perform a programme of pieces, chosen from published repertoire lists, own-choice repertoire, or a combination of listed and own-choice repertoire.

Performance duration
ATCL : 32 – 38 minutes

LTCL : 37 – 43 minutes
FTCL : 42 – 48 minutes

Discover our repertoire lists:

Baritone / Euphonium Bass trombone Bassoon Cello Clarinet
Double bass Drum kit Flute Guitar Harp
Harpsichord Horn in F Oboe Organ Percussion
Piano Recorder Saxophone Singing Tenor horn
Trombone Trumpet / B♭ cornet / E♭ cornet Tuba / E♭ bass / B♭ bass Viola Violin

Programme & Planning (4 marks)
Plan a balanced programme that includes contrasting styles, and provide a written programme.


Marking of ATCL & LTCL :

Distinction 80-100
Pass 60-79
Below Pass 1 45-59
Below Pass 1 0-44


Marking of FTCL :

Approved  / Not Approved

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