Latest exam updates

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.

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The RPS Conversation – Composers

In the next instalment of the RPS Conversation, the focus is on writing music in these extraordinary times. It brings together composers Sir James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Daniel Kidane who wrote for the 2019 BBC Last Night of the Proms, and Hannah Conway who writes extensively in community settings, notably working with homeless people in her role as Creative Director of Streetwise Opera. They talk about how lockdown differs from the usual isolation of working as a composer, and discuss how - as the sound of the world has changed - the sound of music may change too. https://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/corona/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.

Wholly reimagined for presentation online, the RPS hope this year’s awards go some way to remind people what a vital force classical music truly is. ABRSM is proud to be sponsoring the Impact award. Watch the broadcast at royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk

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