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.

The RPS conversation – opera

The RPS present a new series of conversations especially for classical music lovers, aiming to give a very human impression of how the pandemic is affecting the lives and work of classical music makers.

These are extraordinary times for us all, and particularly for the performing arts. Right now, you are likely hearing much animated advocacy from all sorts of voices, each speaking out for music whilst – in lockdown – it can hardly speak for itself. Yet on the other hand, you may be wondering how all that squares with the unlimited luxuries of classical music still bringing us so much comfort from our radio stations and streaming services, not to mention the deluge of inspired performances that musicians are sharing with us all from home.

This conversation is on opera and is available to watch, listen to or read now. It brings together Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn who has gone from singing title roles at the New York Met and English National Opera to finding herself homebound in rural Yorkshire, Lorna Price, Head of Costume at Scottish Opera who has been making hundreds of scrubs for the NHS, and tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths who has unexpectedly found new fame singing opera on his doorstep in Cardiff.

Find out more: https://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/corona/the-rps-conversation/opera

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