Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Women in leadership: an interview with Alice Farnham

Until 2013 a woman had never conducted the last night of the BBC Proms. Only three women in the last 30 years have been principal conductors of British orchestras. Less than 10% of the conductors represented by artist managers are women.

Alice Farnham, conductor and Artistic Director of Women Conductors at the Royal Philharmonic Society, talks leadership, the role of a conductor and how Women Conductors is addressing the current gender imbalance on the podium.

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