Well, it wasn't exactly like this gif.. but as Christmas is rushing up, the silly season Yuletide vibe has the upper hand... This year, Caitlin was involved in hearing six days-worth of young singers, all putting their best foot forward trying out for RAM courses. It is not easy to decide in just a few minutes, which singers have the potential to take their vocal skills further toward a professional career over the duration of their chosen course, but that is the job of a panelist. There were even more panels, over more days and even more colleges hard at work hearing singers all going through the same process. Competition for places is therefore white-hot, and the requirements had to be exacting as a result. To all singers who were offered places, Congratulations! To anyone unlucky this time around, please don't let it knock you down - just carry on with your singing. It was a privilege to hear each and every candidate bravely step up to the challenge and open their voices, so whether you find you're in or out... follow the bear and go on making a joyful noise, whatever the weather.