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LCM Musical Theatre Exam Specifications - Singing

What happens in an LCM Musical Theatre exam?


In an LCM Musical Theatre exam you will prepare and perform 2-4 songs and arias (depending on the level) from theatre throughout time. You will also prepare introductions for your programme and at the higher levels give spoken libretto extracts. 

What music can I perform in an LCM Musical Theatre exam?

In contrast to the ABRSM exams, you cannot perform Art Song in a LCM exam.

However you can still perform from a hugely varied programme from the below 

categories. (for more information follow the syllabus link at the bottom of the page). 


  • Opera. Although any type of opera is acceptable in the examination, it is assumed that most candidates will select from the repertoire of 18th, 19th and early 20th century light opera, comic opera, opéra comique or opera buffa (e.g. Gay Beggar’s Opera, Mozart Magic Flute, Offenbach, J Strauss, Bizet Carmen, Gilbert & Sullivan, Lehar, etc).

  • Victorian or Edwardian parlour or supper-room music.

  • 19th or early 20th century Music Hall, Variety and Vaudeville.

  • Revue (e.g. Flanders & Swann, Beyond the Fringe, Tom Lehrer, Joyce Grenfell, etc).

  • Items sung in a cabaret style. These might include jazz standards or other appropriate material, sung in the style of e.g. Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Ute Lemper, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, etc.

  • Early 20th century British light opera and musical theatre (e.g. German, Novello, etc).

  • Early 20th century American musical theatre (e.g. Gershwin, Kern, Porter, etc).

  • Mid 20th century American, British and European musical theatre (e.g. Rogers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Bart, etc).

  • Late 20th and 21st century American, British and European musical theatre (e.g. Bernstein, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, Boublil & Schönberg, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, etc).

  • Songs from film, animated film or television. This category implies songs which form an integral part of dramatic narratives in these media, rather than songs which have simply been performed on film or TV, or used as part of the soundtrack to film or TV programmes. 

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