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Practical Exams Update – Italy

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official UK Government advice, due to Covid-19, ABRSM has made the decision to cancel all Practical Exams in Italy until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 Practical Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process refunds for all existing exam bookings and we will provide further detailed guidance on this process including timescales soon.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Italy and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide  an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Italy before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Do you want to break free?!

Join our friends at Music in Offices for their Virtual Big Sing in support of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal!

They’re looking for as many singers as possible to belt out the Queen classic I Want to Break Free with them and they’ll be combining all the recordings for a brilliant final virtual performance.

Here’s how it works:

  • Download the score from their website and learn your part.
  • Record your part (they’ll provide support here if needed).
  • Upload your part by Friday 19 June.
  • Join the online Viewing Party of the final performance on Thursday 25 June at 7pm.
  • Everyone welcome. Don't worry about not sounding good enough on your own – remember your voice will be blended with many others. Your best is definitely good enough. Freddie Mercury-style high heels, wig and hoover optional!

For further information on how to take part, please visit the Music in Offices website https://musicinoffices.com/i-want-to-break-free-virtual-choir/.

It's completely free to take part but if you'd like to make a donation to support The Lord Mayor’s Appeal please click here or donate £5 by texting TLMA4321 to 70970. *

With @Culture Mile #virtualchoir #musicinisolation

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