Latest exam updates

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.

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. See the techniques and styles used in new music composition, with examples from a selection of the most renowned works of contemporary writing. In this live video, London Sinfonietta principal cellist Tim Gill explores contemporary writing for cello, with a focus on Jonathan Harvey's solo cello piece Curve with Plateaux.

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