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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 ABPG15SG 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.

Singapore office

On government advice, we will be following a more flexible and hybrid way of working. Although working from home is still encouraged, from 12 April we will be able to answer a limited number of calls and applicants can contact us via the Local Contact - ABRSM: Local exam contacts. We will continue to update you when further information is published by Ministry of Manpower.

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.

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ABRSM appoints Colette Bowe of Ofcom as new Chairman

8 years ago

Colette BoweABRSM is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Colette Bowe as its new Chairman. Colette Bowe is currently Chairman of Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industries and of Electra Private Equity plc, and will take up the post on 24 July 2012. She succeeds Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, who steps down after a six-year tenure. "ABRSM is committed to delivering the highest standards in musical assessment and to promoting and sustaining the value of music in our culture," said Colette Bowe. "I am passionate about music education at all levels and am delighted to have the chance to contribute to ABRSM's work of fostering a love of music amongst learners of all ages. I am very much looking forward to working with all those who work with and for ABRSM in supporting the work of music teachers and the wider music education community. I am also looking forward to working with our colleagues and partners at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – leading institutions on the world stage of music education." Colette Bowe has previously worked at senior executive-level in the fund management business, City regulation and Whitehall. She was from 2004 – 2009 the chairman of the Council of Queen Mary College, University of London, and is currently a board member of Axa Investment Managers Deutschland and the UK Statistics Authority. "On behalf of the members of ABRSM, we are delighted that Colette has accepted this post and we look forward to working with her tremendously," said Guy Perricone, ABRSM's Chief Executive. "Colette brings both experience and passion to this role and her dedication to ABRSM's cause will be crucial to shaping our future. I must also pay great tribute to Stewart Sutherland, whose support and guidance during his time as Chairman has had a significant impact on our work. We wish him the very best for the future."

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