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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 due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Portugal until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Practical Graded Music Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing exam bookings and our Representative will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Portugal and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

For all press and media enquiries please contact Jon Flinn on 07811 397122

or email [email protected]

New Singing syllabus on the way

3 years ago

We are currently developing a new singing syllabus which will include refreshed repertoire lists for all grades. With hundreds of songs and arias to choose from, the exciting new repertoire will provide “attractive and appealing material for young and developing voices in the lower grades and broaden the choice of repertoire at higher grades” Eileen Field, ABRSM syllabus consultant The syllabus will be available 7 September 2017, for use in exams from 1 January 2018. As well as introducing new repertoire lists for Grades 1 to 8, there will be some changes to the accompanied song requirements for Grades 6 to 8, providing greater choice and flexibility so that singers at this level can perform repertoire that matches their strengths and interests. Candidates will perform three songs, rather than four, with each item marked out of 30. They will be able to choose their three songs from five different lists:

  • List A: Early and sacred songs
  • List B: Art songs in French and German
  • List C: Art songs in English
  • List D: Art songs in other languages
  • List E: Opera, operetta and musical theatre

They will no longer be required to sing in two languages, and any song can be sung by any voice type and in any key. There will be no changes to the unaccompanied traditional song or sight-singing requirements at any grade. Read more: www.abrsm.org/singing2018

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