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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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The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to award new ABRSM scholarships

8 years ago

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) and ABRSM are delighted to announce the first recipients of new music scholarships being established at the National Conservatoire of Wales. These new awards have been created as a result of the ongoing relationship between the two organisations and will help to raise further the profile of the ABRSM in Wales as well as provide valuable support for new generations of students to study in Wales. Luke Millard, an undergraduate cellist from Neath, South Wales, has been awarded a scholarship of £4,000 to cover his full fees for each year of his four year undergraduate course. Chubing Wang, a postgraduate harpsichordist from Hebei, China, will also receive a £2,000 scholarship to study at the Cardiff-based conservatoire. Both students will start their studies at the Royal Welsh College this September. The new collaboration will provide a number of new ABRSM scholarships, which from 2013 onwards will be awarded to Welsh students studying at the College. This year these have been awarded to an undergraduate and postgraduate student, but they will eventually include younger musicians at the College's Junior Department. By 2015/16 there will be an ABRSM scholarship student in every year of the music course. Hilary Boulding, Principal of the College, added, "We're excited to be extending our relationship with ABRSM and delighted that these scholarships will support a future generation of Welsh students during their studies at the National Conservatoire of Wales." "We are delighted to be working more closely with the RWCMD," commented Guy Perricone, ABRSM's Chief Executive. "These new awards provide a wonderful opportunity for us to expand our support for young musicians and I wish our new ABRSM scholars the very best with their studies."

Editor's notes


The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the Glamorgan Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions. Last June the College opened its £22.5 million new performance and rehearsal spaces. The world-class facilities include The Richard Burton Theatre, The Linbury Gallery, a cafe bar, rehearsal studios, and The Dora Stoutzker Hall.

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