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

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

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.

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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