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Practical Update 

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 and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Hong Kong until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

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Young virtuoso plays for royalty at Britain’s largest multi-faith celebration

3 years ago

ABRSM Scholar Courtenay Cleary performed for a distinguished audience, including Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, in central London today (Monday). The violinist, who is currently studying on a full ABRSM scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, played Largo from Sonata No. 3 in C Major (BWV 1005) by J.S. Bach at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, it is Britain’s largest annual multi-faith celebration, and is comprised of a mixture of testimonies, readings and musical performances. Courtenay, who is 23 and from Brisbane in Australia, has previously performed at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as part of the only Australian quartet to take part. She studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the University of Queensland, where she received the Sleath String Scholarship for being an outstanding student.  Other performers at the Service included Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and there were also speeches from the Maltase Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland QC. Courtenay Cleary said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have had the opportunity to play for the Royal Family and other distinguished guests at the Commonwealth Service. It was an awe-inspiring experience to play at such a prestigious venue as Westminster Abbey and to have my performance broadcast live on the BBC is a dream come true. “Without ABRSM, I would not be able to study at the Royal Academy of Music and I'm so grateful for all the wonderful opportunities studying in London has led to. Highlights for me include performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia and a solo recital at Regent Hall.” Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said: “It was wonderful to hear the Royal Academy of Music’s Courtenay Cleary’s powerful performance. She is a wonderful ambassador for up-and-coming musical talent, and really rose to the challenge of performing in front of Her Majesty The Queen and in the grand splendour of Westminster Abbey. “It’s a privilege to work in partnership with the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to help nurture the next generation of musical talent. This is really important to us, because supporting people to make the most of their musical potential is at the heart of everything we do, and the new generation will go on to inspire the next.”

ABRSM scholars

Every year ABRSM provides more than 70 scholarships for talented British and international musicians to study at the four Royal Schools of Music.

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