Latest exam updates

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.

RPS Intrepid Musicians

Our friends at the Royal Philharmonic Society are collecting stories of musicians doing remarkable things through the pandemic. We wanted to share some of these thought-provoking stories with you.

“Musicians are remarkable beings. It’s part of their calling to inspire other people. So it’s no surprise to find that many of them, suddenly without work at this moment, are looking for ways they can still give the best of themselves to support others.

In the coming weeks, we want to show people at large the many positive ways musicians are responding to this sudden crisis. As part of this, we want to celebrate those musicians who are temporarily taking on new roles, demonstrating how outgoing, versatile and community-minded musicians truly are.

Several such musicians share their stories here. They may be setting aside their instrument for a time, but each is set to fulfil new pursuits with the same energy and commitment they bring to their music. Click ‘play’ on showcase above to hear their accounts in turn, or select any of their individual stories below.

Meanwhile, if you’re a musician who’s newly found yourself taking on an unexpected role, we’d love to hear from you and feature your story too. Please get in touch.

  • Bassoonist Cat McDermid has found her sewing skills coming in handy and is now making scrubs uniforms for her local hospital.
  • Mezzo soprano Beth Taylor is pleased to be lending a hand to NHS staff working full-time as a cleaner at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
  • Composer and violist Adam Possener has returned from teaching music in Chile and restarted his old job in Norwich as a Healthcare Assistant.
  • Clarinettist Katherine Spencer is relishing still connecting with people in a new job at Waitrose.
  • Mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries is now helping out at her local supermarket.
  • Tenor Alex Aldren, who originally trained as a doctor, is back working on the hospital wards.
  • Conductor Alice Farnham has signed up to volunteer for the NHS.

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