Latest exam updates

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 https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ 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.

Arizona
California
Colorado
Illinois
Maryland
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Seattle
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

RPS Intrepid Musicians

Our friends at the Royal Philharmonic Society are collecting stories of musicians doing remarkable things through the pandemic. We wanted to share some of these thought-provoking stories with you.

“Musicians are remarkable beings. It’s part of their calling to inspire other people. So it’s no surprise to find that many of them, suddenly without work at this moment, are looking for ways they can still give the best of themselves to support others.

In the coming weeks, we want to show people at large the many positive ways musicians are responding to this sudden crisis. As part of this, we want to celebrate those musicians who are temporarily taking on new roles, demonstrating how outgoing, versatile and community-minded musicians truly are.

Several such musicians share their stories here. They may be setting aside their instrument for a time, but each is set to fulfil new pursuits with the same energy and commitment they bring to their music. Click ‘play’ on showcase above to hear their accounts in turn, or select any of their individual stories below.

Meanwhile, if you’re a musician who’s newly found yourself taking on an unexpected role, we’d love to hear from you and feature your story too. Please get in touch.

  • Bassoonist Cat McDermid has found her sewing skills coming in handy and is now making scrubs uniforms for her local hospital.
  • Mezzo soprano Beth Taylor is pleased to be lending a hand to NHS staff working full-time as a cleaner at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
  • Composer and violist Adam Possener has returned from teaching music in Chile and restarted his old job in Norwich as a Healthcare Assistant.
  • Clarinettist Katherine Spencer is relishing still connecting with people in a new job at Waitrose.
  • Mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries is now helping out at her local supermarket.
  • Tenor Alex Aldren, who originally trained as a doctor, is back working on the hospital wards.
  • Conductor Alice Farnham has signed up to volunteer for the NHS.

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