ABRSM Examination Center
ABRSM is now at Branksome Hall Asia
ABRSM – this abbreviation stands for the Examination board for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. On 13 May 2018, Branksome Hall Asia became an official examination centre for the Royal Schools of Music in London. This Board was established in 1889 and now administers Music exams on all instruments and voice to 93 countries in the world. These exams provide a structured framework for progression from Beginner (Grade 1) to Advanced Musician (Grade 8).
Martin Cotton, the first examiner at Branksome, was a King’s College Cambridge and Royal Academy graduate. He remarked at the impressive venue of our Performing Arts Centre, and the hospitality and organized structure of the day. There were 21 Branksome Hall students and 6 external students. From the start of the Itinerant Music scheme here till the present day it was the Music Department’s aim to make this a venue for these exams. The growth of the number of our instrumental students caught the eye of the Music Board and we were approached by London to become an examination Centre for them.
Now Branksome Hall Asia students can take these prestigious instrumental exams on home ground. Preparation for these exams foster good technique, aural ability and most of all, disciplined practice because they demand a high level of skill in order to be successful. It is therefore, my pleasure to report that this is the beginning of even more advanced levels of music performance at Branksome Hall Asia.