Our online booking service will be unavailable on Monday 19 April while we make some important updates. We will provide a new message here once the service is available again. If you have a Performance Grade exam booking this session, please see our Latest Updates page for important information on how this may affect you.

Latest exam updates

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15MO when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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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