Music Exams

If you are working hard to make progress with your music, it’s good to have a way of recognising your success and reassurance that you are on the right road.  This is exactly what music exams offer!  Once your tutor has decided you are ready, Bristol Plays Music will facilitate the exam process.

Why take a music exam?

  •               It gives you a focus, a goal to work towards.
  •               It helps you improve and feel good when you pass an exam.
  •               Grade 6 and above can help towards UCAS points for university entry.

Our aim is to make the exam experience as rewarding as it can be and we place the candidate at the centre of that process.  It takes a lot of energy to get one candidate into an exam!  Anything up to six different people can be involved: the candidate, teacher, accompanist, examiner, co-ordinator and parents and we want the process to be a rewarding one.

2020 has been like no other year with coronavirus challenges to all aspects of life but we want to keep the exam process alive and we have confirmed dates for two exam boards at the present time.  These will happen unless government guidelines prevent them.

London College of Music exam week is week commencing the 2nd November 2020. Find out more by clicking the link here

ABRSM exam week is week commencing the 23rd November 2020.  You can enter for ABRSM exams here

Trinity exam week is week commencing 30th November 2020 – you can enter for TRINITY exams here

Further Info

For ABRSM and Trinity exams we employ an in-house accompanist.  This cuts the cost to the candidate and we will put you in contact with the accompanist for a rehearsal.   If you choose to use our accompanist, please be aware that due to social distancing requirements, the warm up beforehand will be very brief.  More information regarding procedures on the day will be available after the booking has been made.

If you have any further enquiries please email

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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