Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

The RPS conversation – opera

The RPS present a new series of conversations especially for classical music lovers, aiming to give a very human impression of how the pandemic is affecting the lives and work of classical music makers.

These are extraordinary times for us all, and particularly for the performing arts. Right now, you are likely hearing much animated advocacy from all sorts of voices, each speaking out for music whilst – in lockdown – it can hardly speak for itself. Yet on the other hand, you may be wondering how all that squares with the unlimited luxuries of classical music still bringing us so much comfort from our radio stations and streaming services, not to mention the deluge of inspired performances that musicians are sharing with us all from home.

This conversation is on opera and is available to watch, listen to or read now. It brings together Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn who has gone from singing title roles at the New York Met and English National Opera to finding herself homebound in rural Yorkshire, Lorna Price, Head of Costume at Scottish Opera who has been making hundreds of scrubs for the NHS, and tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths who has unexpectedly found new fame singing opera on his doorstep in Cardiff.

Find out more: https://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/corona/the-rps-conversation/opera

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