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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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NYCGB auditions: start something amazing

4 years ago

NYCGBABRSM is pleased to be one of the two principal supporters of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s (NYCGB) Fellowship Programme Talented young singers between Year 5 of school and the age of 21 (as of 31 August 2016) are encouraged to start something amazing and book an audition for their chance to join one of NYCGB’s outstanding choirs:

  • The National Youth Boys’ Choir (School Year 5 – age 15)
    For boy trebles and boys with changing voices of outstanding ability and potential.
  • The National Youth Girls’ Choir (School Year 6 – age 15)
    For girls of outstanding ability and potential.
  • The National Youth Training Choir (ages 14-18)
    For mixed voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) of outstanding ability and potential.
  • The National Youth Choir (ages 16-21)
    NYCGB’s flagship ensemble, for mixed voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) of outstanding ability.

Successful auditionees will be invited to take part in up to two residential courses per year (including rehearsals, musicianship classes, individual and group coaching, and career advice for older members), as well as recording sessions, broadcasts, music videos, concerts, and tours.  NYCGB Director Ben Parry said: “Every talented young choral singer in the UK, whatever their background, should know that NYCGB is a place where they can grow as singers and as people. Nobody should rule an audition out because they think that we don’t sing the right music, or because they worry that they won’t be able to afford it. If you have a great voice, and the passion and ability to take your singing to the highest level, then NYCGB is for you.”

2016 audition dates and locations*

Date Location
Friday 28 October London 1
Saturday 29 October Birmingham 1
Sunday 30 October Birmingham 2
Monday 31 October London 2
Wednesday 2 November Exeter
Saturday 5 November Bristol
Sunday 6 November North Norfolk
Monday 7 November London 3
Saturday 12 November Edinburgh
Sunday 13 November Carlisle
Monday 14 November Gateshead

* Please note that NYCGB does not publish venue information for administrative and safeguarding purposes. Candidates receive venue details with their booking confirmation email. NYCGB tries to ensure that all audition venues are easily accessible by public transport.


Auditions cost £35. The NYCGB Bursary Scheme offers financial assistance to help auditionees with this cost, and the cost of travel to their auditions. Successful auditionees can apply for financial assistance with the costs of membership, courses and travel.

Further information

Please note that booking closes at 16.00 on Wednesday 19 October.

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