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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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New Chair of ABRSM appointed

3 years ago


It has been announced today that Tony Hales CBE, Chair of the Greenwich Foundation and a board member of the Welsh National Opera, has been appointed the Chair of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Tony will take over the role when Dame Colette Bowe ends her term in September 2018. Speaking about the appointment, Michael Elliott, Chief Executive at ABRSM said: "Tony is a champion of music and the arts with considerable commercial and non-executive experience. In his former role of Chair of the Canals and Rivers Trust, he led the organisation through its most transformative period yet. I’m thrilled that ABRSM will now benefit from his insight and guidance. Our excitement at Tony’s arrival is only tempered by sadness at Colette’s departure next year. We owe her a great debt of gratitude for her truly outstanding leadership and her intelligent championing of music education, the Royal Schools of Music and our ambitious change and good governance programmes. Tony Hales said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed Dame Colette Bowe as Chair of ABRSM. This is an enormous honour, given the 128 year history of the organisation, its success in recent years and the crucial role that it plays in supporting musical progression and music education around the world.” After the appointment was made by the board of trustees, Dame Colette Bowe said: "Tony Hales brings a wealth of experience as a businessman with international insight. He will lead the board of trustees and executives in delivering a strategy to boost involvement and standards in music. I am delighted to have served as Chair of ABRSM for over six years and will be pleased to pass the baton to Tony.” Over the next 12 months, Tony will work with Colette and the ABRSM board of trustees ahead of taking up the position in September 2018. ENDS For further press information, please contact: Tríona Doherty,
PR and Social Media Officer
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www.abrsm.org/press About ABRSM ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education organisation, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 600,000 candidates in over 90 countries every year. ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress. About Tony Hales Former chair of Canal & River Trust, Tony is currently chairman of the Greenwich Foundation which is responsible for the famous Old Royal Naval College. Tony is also a trustee of Welsh National Opera and a great supporter of arts for young people. He was previously chief executive of Allied Domecq, chair of NAAFI and British Waterways. He was awarded a CBE for services to the armed forces. Tony is married to Linda and has four children.

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