Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. 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. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

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.

Commonwealth Composition Challenge – meet the winners!

The Commonwealth Resounds, an organisation sponsored by ABRSM that focusses on connecting musical cultures and promoting musical initiatives and partnerships in Commonwealth countries, created the Commonwealth Composition Challenge in March 2020. School-aged pupils around the world were invited to invest their time during lockdown in composing music that reflected their feelings and experiences during this time. Hundreds of young people entered and a shortlist of 10 was drawn from these. Over 22,600 people voted from many different countries! Watch this video to hear the announcement of the winners and their winning compositions for:

1) The Young Adjudicators' Prize

2) The Audience Vote

3) The Overall Prize Winner

To listen to and watch performances of all the shortlisted entries, follow this link:

https://cicompositionaward.com/the-commonwealth-composition-challenge-2020-final-compositions-2/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChnXaFtiU1GFUiH1QyCDcpg.

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