Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego


California - Monterey area


California - San Francisco area







North Carolina



Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut


Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco


Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 



ABRSM’s new partnership with Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musical

1 year ago

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Showtime Challenge, supporting their exciting 48-Hour Musical, Singin’ in the Rain.

With just 48 hours, a cast of 100 (or so) professional actors and talented amateurs, a 30-piece orchestra, and a hard-working production team will pull together a professional-standard all-singing, all-dancing musical. “It’s really exciting to be involved with the Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musical this year, working on Singin’ in the Rain, which is such an iconic musical and has so many memorable songs,” said Rowena Taylor, ABRSM Marketing Manager.“We recently launched Singing for Musical Theatre exams at Grades 1-3, and a couple of Singin’ in the Rain songs actually feature in our syllabus.

A key focus for us when choosing the syllabus repertoire was having a focus on vocal health. So, we’re excited to partner with Showtime Challenge and help highlight how important it is to look after your voice, especially in an environment like the 48-Hour Musical that requires performers to use their voice for a pro-longed period of time.”Rehearsals for the musical start on a Friday evening and run for an exciting, exhausting 48 hours, until show time on the Sunday evening.

None of the cast have worked together on the show before this time. “We’re so grateful to ABRSM for their support. One of our key aims is to provide an opportunity for new talent to learn and gain experience, which is very much ‘in tune’ with ABRSM’s new Singing for Musical Theatre exams. We look forward to working with them,” said Ian Haig, Producer, Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musicals.

This year’s show is being hosted by Julian Clary, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to support The Lewy Body Society.

When: 7pm on Sunday 13 October
Where: Adelphi Theatre, LondonBuy tickets:  

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