ABRSM Singing Syllabus changes
So, what are the main changes? Well, apart from the obvious pieces being different, from Spring 2018 (Period A), candidates taking the grades 6-8 exams will only have to perform 3 songs instead of the current 4. During the syllabus overlap period (Spring (Period A) in the UK, until 31st December in all other countries) any grades 6-8 candidates are free to choose from the current 4 lists.
The new syllabus from 2018 makes the greatest changes to grades 6-8 where examinees now only have to perform 3 songs all marked out of 30 to be consistent with all other singing and instrumental exams. There will now be 5 different lists for candidates to choose 3 different songs from: –
• List A: Early and sacred songs
• List B: Art songs in French and German
• List C: Art songs in English
• List D: Art songs in other languages
• List E: Opera, operetta and musical theatre
The new syllabus requirements at grades 6-8 also sees a change whereby candidates are no longer required to perform in at least 2 languages. Singers are also now able to perform any song on the list with any voice type in any key.
The ABRSM Songbooks have been a staple of the ABRSM Singing syllabus and fantastic repertoire books for a long period. For the new syllabus, the ABRSM has introduced the ABRSM Songbook Plus at grades 1 to 5 building on the legacy of the originals by containing a selection of songs drawn from a wide range of styles and eras. These books will be able in October 2018.