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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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ABRSM has moved to the Square Mile’s cultural hub

4 years ago

ABRSM has today (Tuesday 3 January) moved to London Wall Place at the heart of the City of London’s cultural hub and is now located in the newly refurbished Salters’ Hall building. The move is part of the international music education organisation’s plans for growth in the UK and in the 93 countries in which it operates. ABRSM’s Chairman, Dame Colette Bowe (who is also chairman of the Banking Standards Board, located here in the City) explained why the organisation is looking forward to working closely with its new neighbours in the Square Mile. She said: “The start of this New Year is an especially exciting one for ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education organisation. “We’ve just today moved into our new office near to the Barbican, and this comes at a transformative time for us. Maybe the most exciting in our 127 year history. At our new centre we’ll have several excellent new facilities, such as a purpose built exam suite as well as dedicated training and meeting space. “The timing of our move is particularly apt given the renewed vigour in the City’s cultural activities. The current Lord Mayor, for example, has placed music at the heart of his Appeal. We really look forward to supporting the Appeal, especially as the inspiring medium of music is central to all that we do. “The Square Mile’s cultural scene will also get a further boost with the building of a state-of-the-art concert hall and later this year with the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. His focus on music for all, with children and young people at its heart chimes exactly with our passion to support the teaching and learning of music, in partnership with the Royal Schools of Music. And the completion of the Crossrail project will make the area even easier to reach, helping to make the area’s cultural activities even more accessible. “As a long time City worker myself, I have always appreciated the range and depth of cultural activities available to us in the City. All of us at ABRSM are looking forward to working with our new and existing partners to help more people in the Square Mile learn, create and embrace the transformative power of music.” Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: “I'm delighted that ABRSM are joining the emerging cultural hub in the creative heart of the City. We share a passion for arts and learning and I look forward to working together on future projects.” Kathryn McDowell, London Symphony Orchestra Managing Director, said: “The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted that the ABRSM will become neighbours in the City of London. ABRSM’s network, locally, nationally and internationally in music education complements the work of LSO Discovery, and we look forward to working more closely together in the years ahead.”

Special feature in City AM

An article about ABRSM's move by our chairman Dame Colette Bowe appears on page 14 in today's edition of City AM.

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