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Accompanists fees: Our survey results 2020

Accompanists Survey respondents were asked to indicate the hourly rate charged for accompanying between January and September 2019 for the following categories:

  • Examinations: grades 1-4 (per exam)
  • Examinations: grades 5-6 (per exam)
  • Examinations: grades 7-8 (per exam)
  • Examinations: diplomas (per exam)
  • Festivals and competitions (per hour)
  • Amateur choir/operatic society (per rehearsal hour)
  • School or college choir (per hour)
  • Dance lessons (per hour)
  • Auditions (per audition)
Mid-point*
£ per hour
Central range**
£ per hour
Examinations: grades 1-4 (per exam)£20£15-34
Examinations: grades 5-6 (per exam)
£25.50£17.50-40
Examinations: grades 7-8 (per exam)£34.50£20-50
Examinations: diplomas (per exam)£50£32-75
Festivals and competitions (per hour)£34£25-50
Amateur choir/operatic society (per rehearsal hour)£30£22-40
School or college choir (per hour)£32£25-40
Dance lessons (per hour)£30£22.50-40
Auditions (per audition)£40£30-60

Increase in rates


Thirty-five per cent of all respondents said they had done accompanying work between January and September 2019. Overall the rates appear to have increased slightly from last year.

* Half the respondents charged this amount or more and half charged this amount or less.

** Most respondents charged fees within this range. (Only 20% charged more and 20% charged less.)

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