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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.

Sharing musical inspiration from around the world

Bridget Harrison, one of our Regional Coordinators in South Africa, shares news and a beautiful film of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

The school and its choir are iconic in our country as leaders in music education; they tour regularly nationally and internationally and enter their students for ABRSM exams. Today they posted a video and I immediately asked if I could forward it on!

Drakensberg Boys Choir (Chamber Choir) - Smile by Charlie Chaplin

Our boys are coming back to school next week. That is something to SMILE about. Check out our latest music video, featuring the Drakensberg Boys Chamber Choir and a velvet vocal solo by one of our most talented alumni, Ndumiso Manana (Class of 2008).

This song was completely produced whilst the boys were away at home, and we felt it perfectly captures the spirit of our human response to the #Covid19 crisis. "There's a time, you can keep on trying; smile, what's the use of crying..."

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