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

What’s it like running orchestra rehearsals through Facebook?

A 60-piece orchestra is rehearsing online while its members are in isolation due to coronavirus. Music director Leo Geyer conducts the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra via Facebook, to make sure they all keep their musical talents in tune.

Music Director Leo Geyer said:
"As soon as we were put into lock down I was determined to keep music alive in spite of a deadly virus. Virtual rehearsals are naturally quite different and require serious prep as well as improvisation! However, the challenges are well worth overcoming because we can make music, retain our community spirit and most importantly, have a good time.”

Leader Clare Smith said
"I think our orchestra (DPO) was particularly disappointed that our rehearsals had to cease in March because we had been working so hard on the programme for our annual spring concert in Exeter Cathedral, which was due to be performed on 25th April.
When Leo came up with the brilliant idea of virtual rehearsals it seemed a fabulous way of continuing our preparation together, albeit in a rather extraordinary way. Although entirely different to any other rehearsal I have ever attended, the sense of camaraderie and fun as we embark on another Thursday evening session together with Leo at the helm is absolutely brilliant.”

Leo and Clare featured in a BBC Spotlight story, you can see their film on the BBC website.

Are you taking part in any rehearsals online? Let us know at [email protected]

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