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Free piece of the Day

Trooping the Colour - This is a fantastic piece for Trumpet players featured in our book Time Pieces for Trumpet Volume 3.

ABRSM unites nations for Make Music Day 2020

More than 700 musicians, from infant school pupils to retirees, have united virtually from around the world for an online performance of the Disney song, ‘How Far I’ll Go’, to mark international Make Music Day 2020 on Sunday 21 June.

Becoming a Better Music Teacher – your reviews

Some of the positive comments we’ve received about our course, Becoming a Better Music Teacher. 

Wallace and Gromit to entertain children in hospital

The City of Bristol Brass Band has created a new version of the Wallace and Gromit theme tune to help bring a smile to sick children at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Les Mis (SfMT new lists for Grades 4 and 5 today)

To celebrate the release of our Singing for Musical Theatre repertoire lists for Grades 4 and 5 today, here’s a wonderful Les Mis rendition.

Tony’s Sax journey

As well as chairing our Governing Body, Tony is a keen saxophone student. He talks about his new focus on music in these extraordinary times.

Make music and carry on

Over the coming weeks, the Royal Philharmonic Society will be sharing stories of other significant occasions when music has shone a light in the dark. 

Live streamed performances to watch at home

Many orchestras and ensembles are continuing to entertain us at home. We’re looking forward to the live streamed listed on this page.

Sign up to Journeys. Free for 90 days!

Learn a new skill and start playing the electric guitar with Journeys. Sign up for free for the next 90 days.

Leap Frog Funk

This piece is ‘funky’ in its syncopated rhythmic phrasing and ‘leaps’ around with quick octave changes.

Renee performs The Reef by Walter Carroll

To cheer up dad after a busy shift in A&E at Guernsey Hospital, Renee performs The Reef by Walter Carroll.

Join Jess’s Scratch Orchestra!

We’re so excited to hear that ABRSM Scholar Jess Gillam has launched a Virtual Scratch Orchestra.

Listen to Tania Davis play Veracini

Tania Davis, violinist in the Bond Quartet, performs Allegro by Veracini. This is a Grade 8 piece from our 2020-2023 Violin syllabus.

English National Ballet perform Swan Lake from home

The wonderful musicians of English National Ballet Philharmonic perform a special working from home rendition of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Overture.

RPS Intrepid Musicians

Our friends at the Royal Philharmonic Society are collecting stories of musicians doing remarkable things through the pandemic. We wanted to share some of these thought-provoking stories with you.

Throwback Thursday to the Big City Sing with Music in Offices

We’re reminiscing about a beautiful sunny day in London a few years ago. It was a pleasure to do our bit for Make Music Day.

The Commonwealth Composition Challenge

This exciting new competition has been created by the Commonwealth Resounds charity to encourage young people around the world to compose a short piece of music in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s it like running orchestra rehearsals through Facebook?

Music director Leo Geyer conducts the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra via Facebook, to make sure they all keep their musical talents in tune.

What’s it like to be a conductor?

Conductors! Who are they, what do they do and how did they get the job? Michael Seal is talking to distinguished conductors to find out all the answers.

Explore Classical 100 and be inspired!

ABRSM’s Classical 100 is a fantastic collection of 100 carefully selected pieces of music and activities for you to share with your families over the coming weeks.

Learn to play some great tunes with just a bucket!

Phil McPharlane, or Mr Drum as he’s affectionately known, has produced several tutorial-styled videos to teach newcomers bucket drumming.

NYJO Feeling Good

Hundreds of people are taking part in NYJO’s recently launched Virtual Academy.

Creating our virtual ensemble

From watching our social media feeds, it feels like so many musicians are finding ways to connect with each other by performing in virtual ensembles. 

A bit of Friday fun with our quiz

What's the connection between Dowland, Field, Tavener and Cage? Test your knowledge with our 10-question quiz.

Take part in the Commonwealth International Composition Award

Writing new music is as important and interesting as playing a musical instrument or singing. However, many young people around the world don’t know how to start writing music.

Remembering what ‘good’ sounds like

We find ourselves rapidly embedding ourselves and our music-making into a quite different world. As other articles in ABRSM PlayOn have shown, despite its challenges, it is providing us with all sorts of opportunities.

Do you want to break free?!

Join our friends at Music in Offices for their Virtual Big Sing in support of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal!

Be washed down river with this beautiful rendition of Vltava

Performed and arranged by ABRSM examiner Gary Ryan, this piece is from the ABRSM Guitar syllabus and appears in the Grade 4 Guitar Exam Pieces book.

#LearnMusic

ABRSM is delighted to launch #LearningMusic, a new social media initiative which we hope will start the ball rolling by helping more people understand precisely what learning music can do for them – and we want you to get involved.

Sharing musical inspiration from around the world

Bridget Harrison, one of our Regional Coordinators in South Africa, shares news and a beautiful film of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

Creating new musical opportunities through lockdown

In this article, Jed Milroy, Assistant Director at Edinburgh’s Tinderbox collective, shares his thoughts on supporting music through lockdown.

Revolution in the air

Coronavirus has threatened the classical music world’s very existence while simultaneously showing us how much we all need it.

How music-inspired free play can nurture creative young minds

In this article Dr Mignon van Vreden, a lecturer in Music Education at South Africa’s North-West University, explores the interaction between music, play, learning and creativity.

Looking for Classical 100 inspiration?

Over 3000 of you have signed up for Classical 100, our fantastic collection of carefully selected pieces of music and activities for children and their families.

Great Singing and Great Signing

As part its Great Singing, Great Signing project, and together with deaf musician Paul Whittaker OBE, Yorkshire Youth and Music have produced a series of signed songs, available to learn online completely FREE of charge.

Guy Johnston plays Grade 4 Tchaikovsky

Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano) perform Tchaikovsky’s Douce Rêverie. This is a Grade 4 piece from our 2020-2023 Cello syllabus.

How well do you know your piano pieces?

To celebrate the recent publication of our Core Classics books we’ve put together a short quiz on our piano pieces. Can you guess the piece from the first bar of music?

Get to know Haydn!

Join presenter Paul Rissmann to discover the final symphony from the remarkably prolific composer, Joseph Haydn.

What does music mean to you?

We help young musicians like Shania through a fund to support their music making, in partnership with the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT).

Take our quiz and match the tune to the musical

Take our quiz, matching the show tune to the musical and find out if you’re a musical theatre expert. Let us know how you get on!

Switched on Pop

A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits’, Switched on Pop is presented by two classical music geeks who are as comfortable talking about Liszt as they are Little Mix.

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