Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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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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