A note from Dame Colette Bowe

Colette BoweABRSM has now been operating for 127 years. A proud heritage: but one which poses a considerable challenge for those of us who have inherited the responsibility of this great institution.

Our challenge is to be able to continue to make the ABRSM relevant, appealing and dynamic, while keeping true to our values of very high standards in all aspects of what we do to support the teaching and learning of music.

A strong example of what we are aiming to achieve is the “Classical 100” project, which aims to provide opportunities for more children to get access to music through their schools. Working with Decca Classics and the Department for Education, at the end of 2015 we launched this digital resource for primary schools. By the start of 2016, there were 1,400 schools using the resource.

Technology is just one way in which we are developing to meet our learners’ changing needs. We recognise that we all learn music in many and varied ways, and that there are many exciting opportunities ahead as we invest in our products and services to meet learners’ changing needs. We have been working even more closely this year with our colleagues at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal Northern College of Music. We all share a passion for music, music making and a commitment to work together to nurture the next generation of performers, teachers, and leaders. I would like to give a personal thank you to our colleagues in the Royal Schools whose energy and commitment contributes so much to the ABRSM’s success.

I would also like to give the Governing Body’s warmest thanks to our examiners and representatives who work tirelessly not just in the UK but around the world to deliver our mission to bring music to people, and people to music. Thanks to all of you.

The staff of the ABRSM, led by Michael Elliott, have delivered extremely well this year, and I would like to thank them all on behalf of the Governing Body for their hard work and dedication. And finally I would like thank all our Governing Body members for their considerable help and support throughout the year.

Dame Colette Bowe

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