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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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Guy Perricone resigns as Chief Executive

8 years ago

Statement from Colette Bowe, ABRSM chairman

ABRSM announced today the resignation of its Chief Executive, Guy Perricone, who has been with ABRSM since 2009. Under his leadership ABRSM has increased its turnover from £36.5m to £43.6m and candidate numbers from 645,768 to 665,310. Colette Bowe, Chairman of the Governing Body, said: "The Governing Body is immensely grateful to Guy for all that he has achieved with ABRSM during his leadership and wishes him very well for the future." Leslie East, Executive Director; Syllabus and Publishing and Publishing Director of ABRSM (Publishing) Limited has been appointed as Chief Executive to continue Guy’s work and prepare the organisation for its next phase of development. Sue Cambridge continues in her present role as Executive Director for Finance and Administration. Lincoln Abbotts steps up to a newly-created post, Director of Strategic Development, with immediate effect.


Leslie East was formerly Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1976–87) and Publishing Director of Novello and Co. (1987–98). He joined ABRSM in 1998 and has during his various roles at the organisation played a growing role in the strategic development of ABRSM. Sue Cambridge is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience in senior management roles in both the commercial and public sectors. Her previous roles include Finance Director of the Tate and Financial Controller, BBC News. She joined ABRSM in 2011 as Executive Director; Finance and Administration. Lincoln Abbotts has wide-ranging experience in music, education, broadcasting and access to the arts. His previous roles include a senior management role at the BBC (2003–8) devising, commissioning and delivering innovative programmes for the BBC Proms and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. From 2008–12 he was Chief Executive of Music for Youth. He joined ABRSM in 2012 as Teaching and Learning Development Director.

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