On 19 March 2020 the international examinations board ABRSM announced the suspension of all practical music exams and most theory examinations globally until ‘at least 1 July’ as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said:
‘Over the last few weeks, ABRSM has remained committed to delivering exams where possible, in line with the latest official guidance, and without compromising the safety of our candidates, teachers, staff, examiners, representatives and volunteers.
‘However, this week, in light of the most recent measures announced by the UK Government, we made the difficult decision to suspend all Practical music exams, and all but a few Theory exams, globally, until at least 1 July 2020.
‘We are aware that this decision has a significant impact on our community and everyone who is preparing for their exams. However, I would like to reassure you that we are here for you. Our staff may be working from home, but we remain connected and reachable. We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation so we can begin to deliver exams wherever we can, as soon as we can, and always in line with latest guidance and without compromising the safety of those involved. We will keep you updated on our latest plans through email, our website and social media channels.’