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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.

Get advice and great ideas to improve your playing or singing, have fun and share your musical journey with us!

Bringing our Timpani syllabus to life!

In this piece, the composer uses asymmetric time signatures to highlight the drama of the timpani and add to the uncertainty of the piece.

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the cello

Introducing an exciting new strand of their Lockdown Live series, the London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting. 

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the horn

In this exciting new strand of their Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting. 

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the trombone

In this exciting new strand of our Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting.

Explore the Philarhmonia’s woodwind section

The woodwind section is one of the most sonically diverse sections of the orchestra. How do these instruments balance the dual role of soloist and ensemble player? How do they blend their sounds when they're so different?

Xiaole Zhan CICA interview

Read our interview with Xiaole Zhan from New Zealand, who won the 2019 Commonwealth International Composition Award.

Venetian Gondola Song, performed by Lewis and Jenny!

Watch double bassist Lewis Braham and accompanist Jenny Tarrant play Venetian Gondola Song by Mendelssohn.

Allegro performed by Lewis and Jenny!

Watch double bassist Lewis Braham and accompanist Jenny Tarrant play Allegro by Handel.

Challenges and easy bits

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, discusses balancing how we should practise tricky passages in pieces with sections that come more easily to us.

Tricky passages

Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, talks about his techniques for navigating difficult passages in pieces.

Do you know your instrument families?

Have a go at our musical instrument quiz! Can you name the families of these instruments?

Kopanica in 11/16!

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) is the flagship orchestra for Nottingham Music Hub. Funded for Nottingham City teenagers, RHYO is an exciting, evolving ensemble that plays a diverse range of musical styles.

The key ingredients of music

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, discusses the core musical ingredients we should focus on in our practice.

Record your practice

It can be really beneficial to record your practice session. Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, suggests using the ABRSM marking criteria to review and evaluate your practice.

Warming up

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, emphasises the importance of a consistent warm-up for your practice.

Asha, Emma and Roella share their stories of making the semi-finals of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020

The BBC Young Jazz Musician competition is the BBC’s platform for young, talented jazz musicians. Following the success of the first three editions, the biennial competition returns in 2020 to celebrate and showcase the next generation of UK Jazz musicians.

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the clarinet

n this exciting new strand of our Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting.

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the oboe!

In this exciting new strand of our Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting.

Award-winning Trinidadian musician tells young commonwealth composers: ‘be yourself’

Read our interview with Aliyah Ramatally.

A little Blue performed by Lewis and Jenny!

Watch double bassist Lewis Braham and accompanist Jenny Tarrant play A little Blue by Steve Berry

Percussion: The Art of Accompaniment

It’s a requirement at Grades 1 to 3 that at least one of your pieces is accompanied, to encourage beginner percussionists to make music with others from the very start.

Where’s Simon?

Join LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra for their new online concert, suitable for families and carers with children aged five plus.

Berlin Phil Puzzle Book

With many nurseries and schools shut, the Berlin Philharmonic has put together a wonderful puzzle and colouring in book for young musicians.

Are you practising your instrument or the music?

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, emphasises the importance of practising the instrument itself as well as the pieces you’re working on.

Practice makes permanent

ABRSM's Chief Examiner, John Holmes, highlights the importance of ingraining the habits you want to keep, rather than just practising until it's right.

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason performs Elgar

Watch BBC Young Musician finalist, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, perform Chanson de Matin by Elgar.

Chief Examiner John Holmes shares his practice tips

ABRSM's John Holmes shares his best practice tips to help your musical progression.

Tom Poster plays us a Lullaby

Watch Tom Poster perform a Lullaby by Raymond Yiu. This piece definitely has the power to put you into a reflective mood!

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