Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Join Jess’s Scratch Orchestra!

We’re so excited to hear that ABRSM Scholar Jess Gillam has launched a Virtual Scratch Orchestra. “At a time where it's not possible for us to be physically together, I wanted to try and find a way where we could still unite and make music.

The concept is quite simple. I'll publish parts for different pieces online. You download the part that suits you best, then make a video of yourself playing that part and send it in. Then I'll put all the parts together to make a Virtual Orchestra and play along live.

The first piece will be Where Are We Now by David Bowie - one of my favourite songs! It’s hauntingly beautiful and seems very appropriate as we all reflect on the world and what is happening around us. This is the first song he released after a long period of silence in 2013. I'll give the first performance online on Friday 17 April.

I'd really love it if you could join. Any instrument, any ability! But for now, stay well, stay safe and take care.

Jess x

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