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Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

For more information click here.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

Guitar Competition

1 year ago
ABRSM

To mark the 1st birthday of our Guitar Syllabus, we offered one lucky person the chance to win a signed Alhambra guitar, courtesy of the London Guitar Studio. The Alhambra 4P guitar has been signed by legendary classical guitarists John Williams, Milos Karadaglić, Gary Ryan, Xuefei Yang, Laura Snowden and the Vida Quartet.

Applicants could either nominate themselves or someone they know. We asked applicants to explain in up to 300 words why they deserved to win the guitar. We wanted to hear about someone who has shown dedication to learning guitar while perhaps not having the same opportunities as their peers.

Dawn submitted an application on behalf of her son, ‘My son has taken up guitar in his late teens during a difficult time and music has really helped him cope, and express himself through many desperate times. This in turn has sparked an interest in music and opened up a new world to him. Winning this guitar has shown him good things do happen and I believe he is truly deserving to win this prize.’

Fellow judge and Guitarist Gary Ryan said: ‘This was a great opportunity for a talented individual with potential who loves playing the guitar. It also came with the added bonus of being signed by many of the guitar world’s top players! Congratulations to Dawn and Harvey, it was truly deserved.

We’re really delighted to be awarding this guitar to a worthy winner. We look forward to hearing from Harvey in the future to see how his musical journey continues.

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