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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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Celebrating music in primary schools for Shakespeare Week!

3 years ago

ABRSM has joined forces with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to celebrate Shakespeare Week with a musical twist. On 20 March two million children in 12,000 primary schools across the UK will be celebrating all things Shakespeare. We've developed a range of inspiring resources on music from Shakespeare’s time, which are either by contemporaries of Shakespeare or have been inspired by Shakespeare's works. These are available from the Shakespeare Week website and are based on six pieces from Classical 100. This is a free listening resource for primary school teachers launched by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca Classics in 2015.  Lincoln Abbotts, Executive Director of Strategic Development, said, “We’re delighted to be working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for Shakespeare Week. Classical 100 is a free listening resource for primary schools and we’ve designed some practical resources to help teachers bring some of the Classical 100 pieces to life in the classroom.” Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are proud to be establishing Shakespeare Week in the annual primary school calendar at a time when arts education is increasingly under pressure. This year’s theme of music has given us the chance to work with new partners and will give primary school teachers the opportunity to take Shakespeare into their classrooms and, with their children, discover Shakespeare in new, intriguing and fun ways.” classical_100_preview_event One of the other musical highlights of Shakespeare Week 2017 will be the Big Shakespeare Assembly, featuring a brand new song - Shakespeare Rocks! - especially composed by Steve Titford on behalf of school musical experts, Musicline Direct. The music theme continues throughout the week with a Composition Competition in partnership with Birmingham Conservatoire. Classical 100 is available for all primary schools in the UK to use for free at www.classical100.org and the Shakespeare Week resources are available from www.shakespeareweek.org.uk.

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