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ABRSM Practical Music Exams

9th November

Please follow these links to the ABRSM site to read about guidance for your particular needs.

For a general update on your exam and Covid-19 please follow this link:- ABRSM Exams and Covid

6th November,  2020

ABRSM Practical Exams - Covid-19 Guidelines

Our Music School (situated above the shop) will be open for ABRSM Exams - Starting next Friday, 13th November. The Brittens Music shop downstairs, however, will be closed (although we are operating a Click & Collect service).
Candidates are asked to enter the one way system to the Music School via the Door to the LEFT of the shop front entrance (beneath the RUSSELL HOUSE sign). The door will be open, please do not ring the bell. We will be operating a 2m social distancing rule but please give people space in the stairway, or preferably queue outside if you are early. Everyone entering the exam centre will be required to sanitise their hands and wear masks. (except children under 11)
One parent/guardian/teacher may accompany a child to the warm up room, but will have to leave the premises whilst the exam takes place. We will have 3 warm up rooms in operation - but no waiting area. Our largest warm up room will be reserved for wind, brass and singing candidates - it contains a piano. Windows will be open in all three warm up rooms.
There will be a Perspex screen in the exam room. There will be two pianos in the Exam Room (one digital for the Examiner to use for Aural Tests). Accompanists will be required to wear a mask in the exam room but candidates can remove their mask for the duration of the exam only.
Pianos, door handles, seat handles and music stands will be cleaned between each use - but please refrain from touching anything unnecessarily.
Parent/guardians can return through the one way system to collect their child, but preferably, if they could wait at the exit (which faces the lane to the station car park) for the child to be escorted out.
Windows will be open where possible, and masks should be worn (although not during the exam).
We have over 300 candidates presented for exams, and have to follow strict guidelines to ensure everyone's safety. We will have the ABRSM HLR and a Steward on duty to ensure the smooth running of the exam programme so please do not be alarmed.
Please only bring with you the items needed to complete your exam - which should include: Instruments, Music books, Syllabuses and Access Materials only. (plus a warm jumper!)
If you have any special needs or concerns regarding your exam, please contact Fiona Rogers who is the ABRSM Honary Local Representative.
Best of luck to everyone taking their music exam this session !