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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.

North Carolina

Recording in progress

5 years ago

We take a look behind the scenes at a recent recording session of pieces from our forthcoming Cello syllabus. Over eight days in December and February cellists, pianists, producers and engineers gathered at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music to record every piece from our forthcoming new Cello syllabus. Later in the year we will be releasing these recordings on CD and as audio downloads. They are designed to provide an informative and inspiring resource for teachers and learners as they explore new repertoire and prepare for exams. Cello recordings Altogether six cellists and six pianists were involved in the project. Between them they performed 164 pieces and created just over ten hours of recorded music. Repertoire ranged from the simplest, anonymous French Bourrée at Grade 1 to the Albéniz Tango set for Grade 8. Cello recordings In these photos cellist Tim Wells and pianist Dominique Wong-Min are performing works from Grades 2 and 5, under the watchful eye of our expert engineers, producers and music editors! Cello recordings

This article was originally featured in the March 2015 edition of Libretto, ABRSM's magazine.

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