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.

Enjoy some live jazz from NYJO’s Lockdown Session at Ronnie Scott’s on 18 April

Celebrating emerging UK talent, NYJO have collaborated with Ronne Scott’s to showcase new performances from the UK jazz scene. It’s a grassroots platform for plural creative voices at the start of their careers to have a place to express themselves live from the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Karen Shiraishi is a British-born Japanese pianist and composer based in London. She was classically trained on piano from a young age and fell in love with the sound of jazz upon hearing the Oscar Peterson trio at age 14.

Karen spent much of her teenage years at World Heart Beat Music Academy and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, where she was mentored by some of the UK’s leading jazz educators, Julian Joseph OBE, Trevor Watkis, Byron Wallen and Toni Kofi.

In 2017, Karen was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In 2019, she performed at Bern Jazz Festival as part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Jazz and Gender Justice Institute; at DC Jazz Festival and Dizzy’s Jazz Club NY as part of Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band; at the Novosibirsk Jazz Festival in Russia; as well as leading many of her own concerts over the years.

A gifted composer with a recognisable sound who draws from a wide variety of influences including Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Wayne Shorter among others. Karen’s performance will feature music by some of her favourite composers, as well as her original compositions, which are brought to life by her brilliant band.

Register today on NYJO’s Facebook page

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