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Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

What’s it like running orchestra rehearsals through Facebook?

A 60-piece orchestra is rehearsing online while its members are in isolation due to coronavirus. Music director Leo Geyer conducts the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra via Facebook, to make sure they all keep their musical talents in tune.

Music Director Leo Geyer said:
"As soon as we were put into lock down I was determined to keep music alive in spite of a deadly virus. Virtual rehearsals are naturally quite different and require serious prep as well as improvisation! However, the challenges are well worth overcoming because we can make music, retain our community spirit and most importantly, have a good time.”

Leader Clare Smith said
"I think our orchestra (DPO) was particularly disappointed that our rehearsals had to cease in March because we had been working so hard on the programme for our annual spring concert in Exeter Cathedral, which was due to be performed on 25th April.
When Leo came up with the brilliant idea of virtual rehearsals it seemed a fabulous way of continuing our preparation together, albeit in a rather extraordinary way. Although entirely different to any other rehearsal I have ever attended, the sense of camaraderie and fun as we embark on another Thursday evening session together with Leo at the helm is absolutely brilliant.”

Leo and Clare featured in a BBC Spotlight story, you can see their film on the BBC website.

Are you taking part in any rehearsals online? Let us know at [email protected]

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