Matthew Burns

ABRSM Exam Success for Sedbergh Musicians

Musicians at Sedbergh School have enjoyed success recently, with a number of pupils passing their ABRSM graded exams.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams are a source of structure and motivation for many musicians. Grade 8 is the highest grade, and as such, is a qualification which is years in the making. In addition to playing pieces, for these particular candidates were required to demonstrate technical ability and sight-reading skills as well as aural awareness. 

Pupils have been working tirelessly, in school and also at home during lockdown, to be prepared for their exam. We were fortunate enough to squeeze a few exams in before lockdown in January 2021.

Although these examinations are usually carried out and invigilated at school, ABRSM have recently introduced a video examination to ensure musicians can continue to sit exams remotely. Musicians must submit a continuous video of their performance, as well as their online exam. For performances grades, candidates perform four pieces – three from the syllabus and one piece chosen by themselves.

At Sedbergh School, we are incredibly fortunate to have four ABRSM examiners on our staff, including Director of Music, Mr Chris Allinson, and Head of Choral Music, Mr John Seymour. These members of staff help prepare each pupil, giving them the best chance of successfully passing their upcoming exam.

Congratulations go to the following pupils on their recent success:

Ella (Y13), Grade 8 Piano, with distinction

William (Y13) Grade 8 Piano, with merit

Edward (Y11) Grade 7 Tuba, with distinction

Polina (Y10) Grade 7 Flute, with merit

Jack (Y11) Grade 7 Piano, with merit

Archie (Y11) Grade 7 Flute, with merit

Rose (Y9) Grade 6 Piano, with distinction

Alice (Y10) Grade 6 Flute, with merit

William (Y11) Grade 6 Singing, with merit

Edward (Y12) Grade 6 Piano

William (Y13) Grade 5 Oboe, with merit

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