Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Sharing news of The Aldeburgh Carol 

The Aldeburgh Carol was composed by Ben Parry, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), to a poem by Garth Bardsley.  NYCGB returned to live music-making at the end of October 2020 after months of lockdown and adapting to online platforms. In partnership with Britten-Pears Arts, NYCGB’s Fellowship and Chamber Choir came together at Snape Maltings in Suffolk to record, film and perform the piece, in preparation for its ‘Live from London Christmas’ concert debut with The Tallis Scholars on 12 December and subsequent release on NYCGB’s digital label on 18 December. We hope it brings you some festive joy this Christmas, as we head towards brighter times in 2021. 

Listen on Spotify 


 Quote from Ben Parry 

“Gathering at Snape Maltings in October with a small cohort of the National Youth Chamber Choir to record The Aldeburgh Carol was an equally uplifting and moving experience. To sing at Snape on any occasion is a privilege, but much more so in these challenging times. The piece - both words and music - were specially written to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and it was a wonderful opportunity to offer this for the Live from London Christmas series, particularly as the last concert the Chamber Choir performed was with The Tallis Scholars back in February just before lockdown. Both Garth and I believe the idea of nurturing the young - to feed their minds and raise them with love, as the poem describes - is a sentiment to which we should all aspire.” @nycgb 

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