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Latest exam updates

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.

Hope’ for the pandemic

A brilliant ten-year-old composer called Nathanael Koh in Singapore has put together this video and composed this piece, called 'HOPE', for the pandemic. This piece shows the solidarity of musicians from Singapore, New Zealand and Australia coming together to encourage the world in crisis. ‘Hope’ is also about thanking those working at the frontlines or staying at home, doing their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

This piece was written to represent our resilience and triumph in the face of this pandemic. All scores are available on the website below and we hope that orchestras around the world can come together to play this piece : http://www.tiny.cc/hopescores

Nathaniel was shortlisted in the Commonwealth International Composition Award last year.

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