ABRSM News & Exams



2 June, 2021

Covid Guidelines for ABRSM & Trinity Exams - June/July 2021

We will be running the exam centres this month in the same way that they were run in November 2020.

Please enter the music school via the front doors to the school (to the left of the shop). The door will be open. We are operating a strict one way system.

At the top of the stairs, please sanitise your hands, and check in to Track and Trace (ALL teachers, parents and accompanists)

Everyone to wear a mask (except primary school age children). Please ensure your mask is on when moving from warm up room to exam room, or to toilets, or exiting the exam centre, or in the shop downstairs. You are welcome to go into the shop before and after your exam.

The Steward will escort the candidate to a warm up room. Parents are not to wait for their children, but can descend the side stairway and wait in the shop (shop is closed on Mondays) or at the bottom of the stairs. Please maintain 1 - 2 metres SPACE at all times.

The Steward will escort the candidate to the exam room, and then to the exit stairway. (arrangements can be made for very young children)

Please do not come to the exam centre if you are feeling unwell. To cancel your exam, please call the HLR Fiona Rogers on 07852283147.

The windows will be open in the warm up rooms and in the exam room.

Instruments / chairs / music stands etc will be wiped down between each occupant.

The examiner will have their own Digital Piano for Aural Tests.

The examiner will sit behind a 6ft perspex screen.


4 May, 2021

Brittens Exam Centre - June 2021

The Dates for the ABRSM Practical Music Exams at Brittens Music School are now confirmed.

ABRSM Practical Exams will run from the 7th of June to the 24th of June (including the 11th and 12th of June for ABRSM Jazz exams)

Trinity College Music Exams will run on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.

Preparations are underway to ensure that our Risk Assessments are fit for purpose and that we will enjoy a slick and safe exam session.

We will post details here as we arrange them, but we are likely to be following the exact same Covid-secure guidelines that we followed in November 2020, which includes a one way system through the music school, no waiting for parents (except for very young children), the wearing of masks in common areas, and sanitising of hands and instruments etc.
 15 April, 2021

ABRSM & Trinity College Music Exams - June 2021 

We are booked for 1 - 30 June for ABRSM Exams and 1 2 and 3 July for Trinity Exams. We will confirm here the details as we learn them.

Booking for ABRSM opens 4th to the 17th of May, 2021.

Booking for Trinity College will open: TBC

Please refer to the exam boards' websites as we do not manage the bookings here at Brittens - we run the venue.

As per the exams run in November, 2020 - a full risk assessment is in progress and all Covid-19 protocols will be followed for everyone's safety. 

25 February, 2021

ABRSM Exams for 2021

Thanks to Covid-19 we now have face to face and online exam formats. Here we explain the difference, and when these will take place.

Performance Grades

These are available for every grade up to 8 and include the ASRM. They require 4 pieces at that grade level, 'performed' and recorded on video ( a good mobile phone camera will do) and submitted to the ABRSM by the deadline booked. Importantly, there is no need to sit in front of an examiner, and scales, sight reading and aural tests are not included in this exam. Generally, you can apply at the beginning of the previous month, and submit by the end of the next. Currently they seem to run each month.

Session 4 - booking opens 1 -8th of March and entries must be submitted between the 6th and 26th of April, 2021.

Practical Exams

These are face to face exams like those taken here at Brittens Music School. The March 2021 session is cancelled, however, there are now published dates for a Session 2: Booking opens 26th April to 10th of May, for an exam period of 14 June to 17th July 2021 (for England and Wales) 1 - 26 June for Northern Ireland and Scotland).

Music Theory Exams

If you are studying for your Music Theory - Grades 1 to 5 are now examined online only. The exam dates are split across 6 sessions, the March Session is now closed for bookings. Session 2 - book between the 6 and 13th of April for an exam date of 23rd of May.

Grades 6-8 are still examined in person. Session 2 - bookings open 4 - 11 May and the exam date is 18th of June at 10am. Session 3 will be in September/October.


25 January, 2021

ABRSM Online Theory Exams (Grades 1 - 5) - 2021 Dates

Exam dates for online Music Theory (Grades 1 to 5)
We are now providing three exam dates with different start times:
• Tuesday 16 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm
• Saturday 20 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 10am and 11am
• Thursday 25 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm

There is no change to the booking period for these exams, which will still run from 1 to 8 February.  

11 December, 2020

ABRSM Performance Grade Exams - 2021 Dates

The ABRSM have confirmed the following dates for the new remotely assessed Performance Grades & ASRM.

  • Booking period: 6 to 13 January / Exam session: 1 to 21 February
  • Booking period: 1 to 8 February / Exam session: 1 to 21 March
  • Booking period: 1 to 8 March / Exam session: 6 to 26 April

For more information about these new exams, please visit the ABRSM Site. https://www.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/key-information.  

8 December, 2020


Congratulations to all students who took their practical exams in November and December at Brittens Music in Tunbridge Wells. We had over 300 students attend exams, along with their accompanists. Strict Covid guidelines were followed and we are happy to say that it was a great (and safe) success. Well done everyone.

ABRSM Practical Performance Grades for Singing for Musical Theatre

The ABRSM have now launched new syllabuses for Singing for Musical Theatre Practical Grades 4 & 5 and Performance Grades 6–8. These are available for use in exams from January 2021. See the ABRSM website for more information, including the Grades 4-5 Songbook, Aural and Sight-singing books.


9th November 2020

ABRSM Practical Exams at Brittens - Autumn Session

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). Accompanist 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/guarding/teacher/ 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 Steward on duty to ensure the smooth running of the exam programme so please do not be alarmed. 

August 2020

ABRSM Online Music Theory Exams

The Music Theory exams from Grades 1 to 5 are moving online. In addition, there are a few minor changes to the syllabus itself. Exams for Grades 6 - 8 will remain paper based, and in person.

The online exams will take place for Grades 1 to 5 in 2021, and the following are now confirmed:

  • Tuesday 16 March at 5pm (Booking period: 1 to 8 February)
  • Sunday 23 May at 10am (Booking period: 6 to 13 April)
  • Saturday 19 June at 10am (Booking period: 4 to 11 May)

Online Music Theory exams later in the year will take place in August, October and November. We will publish dates for these exams on our website soon, along with planned dates for 2021 paper-based exams at Grades 6 to 8.

For more information, please visit the ABRSM site. https://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/online-theory