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Practical Session 2 Update – Jordan

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. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be postponing the entry period for Session 2 Practical exams and we will provide an update about the exams scheduled for November - December as soon as we can.

We will provide updates about future exams sessions as soon as we can and our Representative will provide further guidance in due course.

We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Free piece of the Day library

Agnus Dei

This is a fantastic piece for Horn players featured in our book Time Pieces for Horn Volume 1. Download a free copy of the piece today below or you can buy the book from our online shop.

The Time Pieces series is a collection of volumes containing well-crafted arrangements and original compositions spanning the centuries. Each volume features a wide range of material, balancing well-known pieces with less familiar music.

Beginning with the 15th/17th century (instrument depending) up to the present day, the pieces are presented in chronological order together with the year in which they were written. The aim of this series is to allow pupils to garner a sense of the different styles of music through time, and provide a varied source of repertoire for further studies and recitals.

Learn more and buy your own copy of Time Pieces for Horn on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Time-Pieces-for-Horn-Volume-1/727724

Pavana Hispanica

This is a fantastic piece for Bassoon players featured in our book, Time Pieces for Bassoon Volume 1. Download a free copy of the piece below today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

The Time Pieces series is a collection of volumes containing well-crafted arrangements and original compositions spanning the centuries. Each volume features a wide range of material, balancing well-known pieces with less familiar music.

Beginning with the 15th/17th century (instrument depending) up to the present day, the pieces are presented in chronological order together with the year in which they were written. The aim of this series is to allow pupils to garner a sense of the different styles of music through time, and provide a varied source of repertoire for further studies and recitals.

Learn more and buy your own copy of Time Pieces for Bassoon on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Time-Pieces-for-Bassoon-Volume-1/904881

London Bells

This is a fantastic piece for young pianists featured in our book Piano Star 1. Download a free copy of the piece today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

Piano Star is an exciting series for young pianists, offering a rich selection of new repertoire to help players build confidence and musical skills.

Piano Star 1 is suitable for learners who have worked through a first tutor and includes compositions by David Blackwell, Jane Sebba, Nancy Litten, Mike Cornick, Sarah Watts, Edmund Jolliffe, Andrew Eales, Kathy Blackwell, Aisling Greally, Alan Bullard, Alasdair Spratt, and Karen Marshall.

Key features of the series:

  • Solo pieces, plus a number of duets
  • A rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively
  • Fun extension activities
  • Beautifully illustrated

Learn more and buy your own copy of Piano Star 1 on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Piano-Star-Book-1/2274636

The Boat in Inverie

This is a fantastic piece for young violinists featured in our book Violin Star 2. Download a free copy of the piece today below or you can buy the book from our online shop.

There are 3 downloads available for this piece; student part, piano accompaniment and violin accompaniment.

Violin Star is a three-book series offering beginner violinists a refreshing and inspirational choice of pieces to help build confidence and musical skills. The repertoire is imaginatively tailored to develop specific techniques through an exciting range of musical styles. This Student's book contains the solo violin parts, along with colourful illustrations, activities and a play-along CD. The Accompaniment book, available separately, includes piano and violin accompaniments for every piece.

Key features of the series:

  • An approachable progression from beginner level to Grade 2
  • Playalong CDs with each Student’s book, which contain specially created instrumental arrangements to
  • convey style and mood
  • Original compositions and arrangements by Edward Huws Jones

Learn more and buy your own copy of Violin Star 2 on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/Huws-Jones-Edward-Violin-Star-2-Student-s-book-with-CD/2064244

The Spinning Wheel

This is a fantastic piece for singers featured in The ABRSM Songbook, Book 1. Download a free copy of the piece today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

The five-volume ABRSM Songbook series offers singers and their teachers an unrivalled choice of core
repertoire that will provide the bedrock for many years of rewarding vocal study.

The series features:

  • Over 100 art songs, drawn from Grades 1–5 of ABRSM’s Singing syllabus
  • A massive range of repertoire from the Medieval to modern musicals – many in practical new editions
  • Irresistible new arrangements by Carol Barratt of 18 classic songs
  • A rich collection of 60 authentic unaccompanied traditional songs, sourced from around the world
  • English singing translations for every non-English-language song – many newly-commissioned
  • Useful notes on the songs containing background information and performance suggestions
  • CDs of piano accompaniments to all the art songs, performed by Simon Lepper, as well as recordings
    of the text to every song, performed by native speakers

Playing Ping Pong

This is a fantastic piece for young pianists featured in our book Piano Star 2. Download a free copy of the piece today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

Piano Star 2 is at ABRSM Prep Test level and provides alternative repertoire for that assessment and includes compositions by David Blackwell, Edmund Jolliffe, Mike Cornick, Aisling Greally, Christopher Norton, Mark Tanner, Sarah Watts, Alasdair Spratt, Andrew Eales, Heather Hammond, Karen Marshall, Nicholas Scott-Burt, Nancy Litten, Paul Harris, Alan Bullard, and Peter Gritton.

Key features of the series:

  • Solo pieces, plus a number of duets
  • A rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively
  • Fun extension activities
  • Beautifully illustrated

Learn more and buy your own copy of Piano Star 2 on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Piano-Star-Book-2/2274635 

Watch a performance of Playing Ping Pong by ABRSM staff member James. ABRSM’s staff are musicians too, and whilst in lockdown, we are all turning to our instruments to pass the time and make music with friends.

Two Moravian Folk Songs

This is a fantastic piece for Trumpet players featured in our book Time Pieces for Trumpet Volume 2. Download a free copy of the piece today or you can buy the book from our online shop.

The Time Pieces series is a collection of volumes containing well-crafted arrangements and original compositions spanning the centuries. Each volume features a wide range of material, balancing well-known pieces with less familiar music.

Beginning with the 15th/17th century (instrument depending) up to the present day, the pieces are presented in chronological order together with the year in which they were written. The aim of this series is to allow pupils to garner a sense of the different styles of music through time, and provide a varied source of repertoire for further studies and recitals.

Learn more and buy your own copy of Time Pieces for Trumpet on the ABRSM webshop: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/ABRSM-Time-Pieces-for-Trumpet-Volume-2/620528

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