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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.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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.

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ABRSM sponsor award at the 2017 RPS Music Awards

3 years ago

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 were announced in a ceremony at London’s Brewery on 9 May and ABRSM were delighted to sponsor the Learning and Participation Award. The winners of the award were The South-West Open Youth Orchestra, the UK’s only disabled-led regional youth orchestra, who empower young disabled musicians in the South-West to build inclusive youth orchestras. Delivered in partnership with the internationally renowned British Paraorchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Music Trust, SWOYO challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music. The RPS Awards recognise outstanding musical achievement across the UK in 2016, with projects, artists and organisations from across the UK receiving accolades. ‘This year’s RPS Music Award winners take no prisoners, united in their excellence and their commitment to removing barriers to listening or participation in classical music,’ said RPS chair John Gilhooly. ‘The awards celebrate live music of extraordinary quality and ambition, taking place across the width and breadth of the country (closer to home than many might think). I’d urge those who have yet to experience its multifarious pleasures to get out there and listen and make music, in the moment, of the moment. Live Music Is… more vibrant than ever.’ A special programme dedicated to the RPS Music Awards, featuring highlights from the ceremony, interviews and music, will be broadcast on Radio 3 at 7.30pm on 14 May. For further information about the event and the winners on the night please click here.

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