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Practical Exams Update – Portugal

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

Provided travel and COVID restrictions are lifted, we will open a booking period from 14 September – 28 September with exams to be held in November. We will continue to keep this under review as our ability to accept bookings remains conditional on the restrictions continuing to be lifted. An update to Applicants will be announced as soon as we can and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are looking forward to providing candidates with exams again and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

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Free piece of the Day

Arioso - This is a fantastic piece for Trombone players featured in our book Time Pieces for Trombone Volume 2.

ABRSM unites nations for Make Music Day 2020

More than 700 musicians, from infant school pupils to retirees, have united virtually from around the world for an online performance of the Disney song, ‘How Far I’ll Go’, to mark international Make Music Day 2020 on Sunday 21 June.

Les Mis (SfMT new lists for Grades 4 and 5 today)

To celebrate the release of our Singing for Musical Theatre repertoire lists for Grades 4 and 5 today, here’s a wonderful Les Mis rendition.

Tony’s Sax journey

As well as chairing our Governing Body, Tony is a keen saxophone student. He talks about his new focus on music in these extraordinary times.

Make music and carry on

Over the coming weeks, the Royal Philharmonic Society will be sharing stories of other significant occasions when music has shone a light in the dark. 

Leap Frog Funk

This piece is ‘funky’ in its syncopated rhythmic phrasing and ‘leaps’ around with quick octave changes.

Renee performs The Reef by Walter Carroll

To cheer up dad after a busy shift in A&E at Guernsey Hospital, Renee performs The Reef by Walter Carroll.

Listen to Tania Davis play Veracini

Tania Davis, violinist in the Bond Quartet, performs Allegro by Veracini. This is a Grade 8 piece from our 2020-2023 Violin syllabus.

RPS Intrepid Musicians

Our friends at the Royal Philharmonic Society are collecting stories of musicians doing remarkable things through the pandemic. We wanted to share some of these thought-provoking stories with you.

The Commonwealth Composition Challenge

This exciting new competition has been created by the Commonwealth Resounds charity to encourage young people around the world to compose a short piece of music in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s it like running orchestra rehearsals through Facebook?

Music director Leo Geyer conducts the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra via Facebook, to make sure they all keep their musical talents in tune.

What’s it like to be a conductor?

Conductors! Who are they, what do they do and how did they get the job? Michael Seal is talking to distinguished conductors to find out all the answers.

What does music mean to you?

We help young musicians like Shania through a fund to support their music making, in partnership with the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT).

How well do you know your piano pieces?

To celebrate the recent publication of our Core Classics books we’ve put together a short quiz on our piano pieces. Can you guess the piece from the first bar of music?

Get to know Haydn!

Join presenter Paul Rissmann to discover the final symphony from the remarkably prolific composer, Joseph Haydn.

Guy Johnston plays Grade 4 Tchaikovsky

Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano) perform Tchaikovsky’s Douce Rêverie. This is a Grade 4 piece from our 2020-2023 Cello syllabus.

Great Singing and Great Signing

As part its Great Singing, Great Signing project, and together with deaf musician Paul Whittaker OBE, Yorkshire Youth and Music have produced a series of signed songs, available to learn online completely FREE of charge.

How music-inspired free play can nurture creative young minds

In this article Dr Mignon van Vreden, a lecturer in Music Education at South Africa’s North-West University, explores the interaction between music, play, learning and creativity.

Looking for Classical 100 inspiration?

Over 3000 of you have signed up for Classical 100, our fantastic collection of carefully selected pieces of music and activities for children and their families.

Revolution in the air

Coronavirus has threatened the classical music world’s very existence while simultaneously showing us how much we all need it.

Sharing musical inspiration from around the world

Bridget Harrison, one of our Regional Coordinators in South Africa, shares news and a beautiful film of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

Becoming a Better Music Teacher – your reviews

Some of the positive comments we’ve received about our course, Becoming a Better Music Teacher. 

Music for wellbeing – a positive way through lockdown

Mairéad Sheerin, head of music at the Blackheath Conservatoire, explains how music can help us through the isolation of lockdown.

Making Music virtual concerts

Join the Making Music team tomorrow at 7pm for their latest concert broadcast on their YouTube channel.

Making music analysis come to life!

Today marks National Harry Potter Day and to celebrate we wanted to share this wonderful series of YouTube films, analysing the music of Harry Potter by John Williams.

Explore the Philarhmonia’s string section

How do 60 individual violins, violas, cellos and basses transform into the lush sound of an orchestral string section? Who do they follow? What makes them all move together?

Do you have role models?

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

Archie performs on his trombone

Watch Archie play Broken Dreams by John Frith on his trombone. Archie is preparing for his Grade 3 exam.

Check out NYJO’s virtual academy

Suitable for all aspiring jazz musicians, this exclusive video series delivers comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks based on a jazz classic.

7-year-old Hasan performs for us!

Hasan Tunalier, who is 7 years old, loves playing the piano. He was due to sit his Grade 2 exam back in March and he wanted to share one of his pieces from the syllabus.

Watch our very first Global High Scorers’ Concert, organised by our International Representatives

Congratulations from all of us at ABRSM to the performers taking part in this very special High Scorers’ Concert.  

Jazz Lockdown Recording Project

Walsall Music Education Hub & Service is proud to present 'Heatwave'!

Learn to play electric guitar with the experts!

Start your personalised journey and learn key guitar skills step by step. Sign up today and try it out for free, then pay just £8.99 a month.

Share your performances with us – like this one!

Anthony shares his performance of the 3rd movement (Allegretto) of Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata in B flat, Op. 65. 

Working from home: Staying healthy and managing your energy

James Collins is a leading Sport and Exercise Nutritionist, whose practice is based in Harley Street, London. He is also a columnist for The Telegraph and a consultant for the BBC.

When music speaks louder than words

Sphinx Organization presents Elegy: In Memoriam - Stephen Lawrence, performed by the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble.

Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket!

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

Creating our virtual ensemble

From watching our social media feeds, it feels like so many musicians are finding ways to connect with each other by performing in virtual ensembles. 

Take part in the Commonwealth International Composition Award

Writing new music is as important and interesting as playing a musical instrument or singing. However, many young people around the world don’t know how to start writing music.

Remembering what ‘good’ sounds like

We find ourselves rapidly embedding ourselves and our music-making into a quite different world. As other articles in ABRSM PlayOn have shown, despite its challenges, it is providing us with all sorts of opportunities.

Be washed down river with this beautiful rendition of Vltava

Performed and arranged by ABRSM examiner Gary Ryan, this piece is from the ABRSM Guitar syllabus and appears in the Grade 4 Guitar Exam Pieces book.

#LearnMusic

ABRSM is delighted to launch #LearningMusic, a new social media initiative which we hope will start the ball rolling by helping more people understand precisely what learning music can do for them – and we want you to get involved.

Creating new musical opportunities through lockdown

In this article, Jed Milroy, Assistant Director at Edinburgh’s Tinderbox collective, shares his thoughts on supporting music through lockdown.

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