If you would like your child to take an ABRSM Music Examination please speak to their tutor who will advise you with regards to which exam to enter your child for.  Your child's tutor will tell you when the next exam session is.

ABRSM Exams at the Claremont Centre

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Arrangements are being made for Associated Board Music Examinations to be held in the week commencing 16th July on Monday, Thursday, and Friday between 9 and 5pm.

Parents will need to transport children to and from the examination. It is essential that we are advised of your availability, keeping in mind that there are a limited number of spots at the beginning and end of each day. We will try our best to timetable according to requests but this cannot be guaranteed and pupils may need to be able to attend at any time during these days. If we are not informed about potential clashes at the time of booking, we are unlikely to be able to change the time of the exam once we have sent the timetable out.

Examination Charges

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The examination fee includes a £7.50 charge to cover administration (applicable to all candidates entering through Trafford Music Service) and an additional piano accompaniment fee [£15.00 Grades 1-5, £30.00 Grades 6-8] which is not applicable for piano candidates. Please note, if the assigned accompanist is not your child’s teacher, we can only guarantee one rehearsal prior to the day of the exam.

The fee is non-returnable apart from withdrawal for medical reasons whereupon the Associated Board will issue a part-refund on production of a medical certificate.

Prices for instrumental candidates who need an accompanist:


Grade 1 £62.50
Grade 2 £67.50
Grade 3 £74.50
Grade 4 £80.50
Grade 5 £84.50
Grade 6 £109.50
Grade 7 £115.50
Grade 8 £128.50

*Due to the amount of extra rehearsal time needed, it may not be possible to provide an accompanist for exams Grades 6-8 if your child’s teacher cannot accompany the exam. Please contact Ben at ben.bersten@trafford.gov.uk to discuss the options.

**The accompanist fee of £15.00 (£30 for Grades 6-8) only includes one 20 minute rehearsal prior to the day. For Grades 6-8 it is highly likely that pupils will need much more time than this with their accompanist. Extra rehearsals can be scheduled but will be charged at £40 per hour.

Prices for piano candidates or candidates who do not need an accompanist:

Prep Test £43.50
Grade 1 £47.50
Grade 2 £52.50
Grade 3 £59.50
Grade 4 £65.50
Grade 5 £69.50
Grade 6 £79.50
Grade 7 £85.50
Grade 8 £98.50


Looking for Aural and Theory Training Sessions - check out https://www.traffordmusicservice.co.uk/aural-and-theory-training/

Closing date was Friday 4 May. Please contact ben.bersten@Trafford.gov.uk for further enquiries.