Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15ID when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Celebrating with City of London Sinfonia – find out about Sound Young Minds

We’re delighted to announce that the City of London Sinfonia have won the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Impact Award for their Sound Young Minds programme, as revealed in the RPS’s special online ceremony on 18 November. The RPS Impact Award, supported by ABRSM, is for an outstanding initiative or organisation which sets out to engage and have a lasting positive impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music.

Sound Young Minds is a bespoke programme originated by City of London Sinfonia in partnership with Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and funded by Youth Music, that builds confidence and self-esteem in young people living with severe mental health and psychiatric conditions through music making and sharing.

Now in its fourth year, it is the only programme of its kind in the UK and is one of the central pillars of CLS’s singular identity, that informs every aspect of its work from world-renowned concert stages to care homes

Fiona Lambert, CLS’s Director of Participation, said:

“We are thrilled that Sound Young Minds has been recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society. We’ve learned so much over the last three years, working alongside school staff and project partners, developing a way of working that has brought joy, new connections and creativity to the young people involved. It has transformed how we as an orchestra connect with people and make music together, impacting not just our participation programme but also our public performances. As we enter our fourth year, Sound Young Minds is expanding its reach to Lavender Walk Adolescent Mental Health Unit and clinics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where we look forward to sharing the pleasure of music-making with even more young people.”

Gawain Hewitt, leader and composer in Sound Young Minds, speaks to Alexandra Wood (Leader and Creative Director) about the RPS Awards nomination and Sound Young Minds project in the latest episode of Lockdown Chats. 

Keep in touch with City of London Sinfonia

Be sure to keep up to date with all their activities on Twitter @cityldnsinfonia, and on Facebook and Instagram (@cityoflondonsinfonia). You can also visit their website for information on upcoming events, as well as their wellbeing and education projects.

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