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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 ABPG15IN when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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

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.

LPO Moments

Take a Moment to sit back with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and lose yourself in the wonder of orchestral music.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Join us in celebration of the work of women in music!

How I chose my ARSM repertoire by James McQueen

Whilst preparing for the ARSM exam, I found myself spoiled for choice when it came to selecting the pieces of music that I actually wanted to play, leading to some very tough decisions in order to create a programme just thirty minutes long.

Celebrating with City of London Sinfonia

We’re delighted to share the news that City of London Sinfonia’s Sound Young Minds Programme has won the RPS Impact Award. Find out more about this fantastic programme.

What's it like to be a conductor?

Conductors! Who are they, what do they do and how did they get the job? Michael Seal is talking to distinguished conductors to find out all the answers.

Looking for Classical 100 inspiration?

Over 3000 of you have signed up for Classical 100, our fantastic collection of carefully selected pieces of music and activities for children and their families.

What can musicians learn from actors?

Treat yourself to a laugh out loud session with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and their amazing guests, the actor Tamsin Greig and musical comedian Bill Bailey. 

Music for wellbeing – a positive way through lockdown

Mairéad Sheerin, head of music at the Blackheath Conservatoire, explains how music can help us through the isolation of lockdown.

Explore the Philharmonia's string section

How do 60 individual violins, violas, cellos and basses transform into the lush sound of an orchestral string section? Who do they follow? What makes them all move together?

Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

When music speaks louder than words

Sphinx Organization presents Elegy: In Memoriam - Stephen Lawrence, performed by the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble.

Changing lives through music in Zanzibar

ABRSM is helping bring music into the lives of people facing the challenges of disability and rural poverty in Tanzania.

Take part in the CBSO’s Race through Space

Join us on a new musical adventure, a Race through Space. Your mission is to help to design our rocket so we can BLAST OFF!

Join SingUp every Tuesday for #FeelgoodFifteen at 9am!

Join us for an exciting fifteen minutes of singing and musical fun for children. Tune in to #FeelgoodFifteen​ every Tuesday at 9am to get children warmed up and ready for a day of learning.

Life IS a rehearsal

YolanDa Brown is joined by flautist Juliette Bausor and percussionist Andy Barclay to discuss just what goes on in rehearsals.

Becoming a Better Music Teacher

Some of the positive comments we’ve received about our course, Becoming a Better Music Teacher. 

Explore the Culture of Comfort Project

If we have culture at the base of everything, we have the resilience and the possibility of rebuilding no matter what comes our way because we are sustaining one another, and together, we're stronger.’ Yo-Yo Ma.

Making music analysis come to life!

Today marks National Harry Potter Day and to celebrate we wanted to share this wonderful series of YouTube films, analysing the music of Harry Potter by John Williams.

Get to know Haydn

Join presenter Paul Rissmann to discover the final symphony from the remarkably prolific composer, Joseph Haydn.

Jazz Lockdown recording project

Walsall Music Education Hub & Service is proud to present 'Heatwave'!

Supporting world music through Covid-19

Meet Alessia, director of The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), recipient of the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund 2020.

RPS Intrepid Musicians

Our friends at the Royal Philharmonic Society are collecting stories of musicians doing remarkable things through the pandemic. We wanted to share some of these thought-provoking stories with you.

Great Singing and Great Signing

As part its Great Singing, Great Signing project, and together with deaf musician Paul Whittaker OBE, Yorkshire Youth and Music have produced a series of signed songs, available to learn online completely FREE of charge.

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