Latest exam updates

Practical Session 2 Update - Bahrain

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for November-December. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon

Music Theory exam update – session 3

On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the horn

In this exciting new strand of their Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting. See the techniques and styles used in new music composition, with examples from a selection of the most renowned works of contemporary writing.

In this live video, London Sinfonietta principal horn Michael Thompson explores contemporary writing for horn, with a particular focus on György Ligeti’s Hamburg Concerto (for solo horn and chamber orchestra) and the solo horn movement Appel interstellaire from Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles. Michael will also perform a world premiere of Frank Horvat’s Music for Self-Isolation.

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