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Music Theory results – update 6 April

Practical Session 2 Update - Spain

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 the postponed Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. 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 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

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The RPS conversation - Orchestras

In the final instalment of The RPS Conversation the RPS speak to the UK’s constellation of orchestras about how the pandemic has affected them.

The RPS Conversation – Composers

Join the RPS online tonight for their annual awards show at 7pm UK time. The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards celebrate the treasured role that classical music plays in our lives.

Global High Scorers’ Concert in November

We are delighted to share with you our third Global High Scorers’ Concert on 14 November.

A performance of Louise Farrenc’s Etude in A minor

Lina Salonko from Hatfield has shared her performance Louise Farrenc’s Etude in A minor. Thank you so much for sending in your performance Lina!

An inspirational performance of Schubert’s Minuet and Trio

To celebrate the launch of our Piano syllabus for 2021 & 2022, we are thrilled to share this video of Konya Kanneh-Mason performing one of the brilliant new pieces from Grade 4.

Music Leaders

Chelsea Carmichael, Artistic Director of the Jazz Messengers, reflects on collaborative leadership, making jazz relevant for the younger generation.

Top Tips for beginner musicians from a NYAT/ABRSM music bursary holder

Shania shares her top tips for beginner musicians. ABRSM helps young musicians like Shania through a fund to support their music making, in partnership with the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT).

What are the rewards of teaching popular music?

Katie Chatburn, lecturer in popular music at the Royal Northern College of Music, talks about the barriers women face in the industry and shares her advice on how to succeed as a budding pop musician.

Last free piece of the day

Today marks the last instalment of ‘free piece of the day’ and we hope you’ve enjoyed the pieces we’ve shared. Don’t worry if you’ve missed some of our pieces, you can browse and download any of them on our online library until the end of the year.

What inspires you?

We help young musicians like Irobosa through a fund to support their music making, in partnership with the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT). Through world-leading assessments.

What can musicians learn from actors?

Treat yourself to a laugh out loud session with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and their amazing guests, the actor Tamsin Greig and musical comedian Bill Bailey. 

Because of Music – Tracy’s story

Tracy has always loved music but wasn't too serious about it until her late 20s. She toured America, Australia and Europe with Bandit Queen. She really misses playing live and always feels healthier and happier when she is playing music.

Supporting world music through Covid-19

Meet Alessia, director of The Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), recipient of the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund 2020.

Bringing Fauré to life

Performed by Rob Burton (alto saxophone) & Konya Kanneh-Mason (piano), both students at the Royal Academy of Music, Faure’s Après un rêve is a Grade 5 piece from our 2018-2021 Saxophone syllabus.

Gary Ryan plays Valseana by Assad

This beautiful piece performed by Gary Ryan, features in the ABRSM Guitar syllabus from 2019 at Grade 8

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