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 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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First HKAPA student awarded new ABRSM scholarship

8 years ago

A gifted young pianist from Hong Kong has been awarded the first ABRSM scholarship for students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Seventeen-year-old Andy Chung Hok-chun began his undergraduate studies at the Academy's School of Music at the beginning of September and will receive funding via the ABRSM scholarship for all four years of the course. Chung, who was previously a student on the HKAPA's Junior Music Programme, counts Rachmanioff, Prokofiev and Mozart among his favourite composers. Chung will study with the Academy's Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor Gabriel Kwok. ABRSM already provides scholarships for students at four of the Royal Schools of Music in the UK, but this is the first time we have offered a scholarship at a conservatoire elsewhere. Our HKAPA scholarship was established to mark 60 years of ABRSM exams in Hong Kong and celebrates our close ties with the local music education community. The award will be available annually to any young musician from Hong Kong – pianist, instrumentalist or singer – auditioning for an undergraduate place at the HKAPA, and shows the seriousness of ABRSM's ongoing support for music making in Hong Kong. "We are delighted to be supporting Andy Chung as he continues with his studies," commented Guy Perricone, ABRSM's Chief Executive, "and look forward to helping many more young and talented musicians from Hong Kong in the years to come."

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