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Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest and came to our Shine event on 7 July. You can read all about it here.

We will be sharing videos, content and other resources from the day on 8 August. This will include downloadable sheet music for Shine, the specially commissioned piece that was played throughout the day. Sign up for more information below.

Shine - putting music education in the spotlight

ShineA free one-day event that brings together partners, sounds, voices, thoughts and actions from across the global music landscape.

Be inspired in the morning

  • Hear performances from some of the world’s leading young musicians
  • Learn about how music has influenced the lives of many
  • Celebrate leadership and innovation in music education – featuring Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year awards

Here are just some of the highlights from the day:


Mark ArmstrongSee a brand new piece of music being performed by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, composed by Mark Armstrong!


Myleene KlassCelebrate leadership in music education with the Music Teacher of the Year Awards, presented by Myleene Klass.


Margherita TaylorOur host for the morning is Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor, who will celebrate the great connecting force that is music and set the scene for the celebratory event that follows.

Get practical in the afternoon

  • Get involved in a series of workshops delivered by leading music organisations and educators from across the UK
  • Take away tips, resources and have fun!

Spaces for the sessions are limited due to room capacities so tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

A massive thank you to all of our fantastic partners, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible to put on Shine. Read about our partnerships with the below organisations.

The Royal Schools of Music

Inspiring musical achievement

As world leaders in music education, the distinctive partnership between the Royal Schools of Music and ABRSM builds new opportunities for all to learn, create and embrace the transformative power of music. Together we inspire, nurture and celebrate enjoyment and excellence in music-making from early learning to the highest levels of performance.


“We are delighted to be part of Shine - a great celebration of music and participation. Providing a world-class arts and learning programme is central to our vision of 'arts without boundaries'. There's no more important task than unlocking the creativity in a new generation of young artists and performers, and helping to create the progression routes through which talent can flourish. It's especially welcome that as we develop plans for an ambitious cultural hub in the north-west of the City of London, the ABRSM has chosen to join the area in its splendid new centre on London Wall. Here's to a flourishing partnership as we bring the best of music and learning to everyone.” Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican.

Classic FM

“We’re so proud of our relationship with ABRSM – an organisation we are delighted to call Classic FM’s Partner in Music Education – and we know that Shine is going to be a real celebration of music, at one of the world’s most vibrant arts venues. Every week, one in ten adults tunes in to Classic FM – and our youngest audience is growing at a rapid rate. Nearly a million under-35-year olds now listen to Classic FM, and we’re thrilled to be working with ABRSM to grow and develop the next generation of classical music lovers.” Sam Jackson, Managing Editor, Classic FM

London Music Fund

ABRSM contributes to the London Music Fund scholarship programme which provides 4-year scholarships and workshops to motivated children from all backgrounds to support their musical progression beyond the initial stages.

“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with ABRSM, which has been in place since the Fund was launched. Their sponsorship of our “Playing Days” throughout the year enables us to bring together all our scholars, three times a year, for a day of creative music making. These opportunities provide the children with inspirational workshops led by professional musicians, and often offer the chance to perform in venues which would be otherwise unavailable to them.”

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Since 2015, ABRSM has been a Principal Supporter of the NYCGB Fellowship Programme. This innovative scheme annually offers eight outstanding young choral musicians aged 22-25 a bespoke training programme in performance, teaching and leadership, and professional skills. 2016-17 programme highlights include a performance residency at Snape Maltings, masterclasses with Harry Christophers and The King’s Singers, and a multitrack music video with YouTube artist James Rose. The Fellowship Programme is also closely related to NYCGB’s Widening Access & Engagement programme, with Fellows routinely involved in the delivery of mentoring and workshop activities to primary and secondary school children around the UK.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

NYJO and ABRSM are working together in partnership to raise the profile of jazz education in the UK, by making it clearer what the progression routes are for promising young jazz musicians. They are also focusing improvements in areas of low cultural engagement and poor arts provision by delivering inspirational performances and workshop sessions by NYJO musicians and through providing mentoring for emerging next-generation jazz musicians. In addition to this, developing new resources to help support young musicians and teachers by combining the collective expertise of both organisations to sustain engagement in jazz.

The OHMI Trust

“From the Trust's conception, just five years ago, the ABRSM has supported our work, initially through the provision of a judging panel representative. Once the competition began to produce instruments and apparatus, the ABRSM then assisted in the development of a teaching pilot, the first of its kind, to investigate teaching and learning experiences with students with physical disabilities. Attainment was measured using the ABRSM music medals program. ABRSM music medals are now a valuable indicator of progress in the early stages for disabled young musicians, allowing them, their teachers, and the wider community, to monitor and evaluate their performance.”

Sing Up

"Like our partner, ABRSM, we want to help to improve the acquisition of musicianship skills and musical learning in young people. Last year we created Sing Up Music, which offers a route into the primary music curriculum through singing. With Sing Up Secondary we want to build on this by providing singing resources to support secondary school music lessons as well as repertoire for choirs and singing groups."

Lincoln Abbotts, our Director of Strategic Development said "A young person's experience of music can be a magical one and one that, with the right support, can transform their lives. We want to ensure every child has the opportunity to continue that exciting journey when they move to secondary school. That's why we're committed to building partnerships such as this with Sing Up to support music learning and teaching, and to ensure that as many children as possible have access to high quality musical opportunities."

Southbank Sinfonia

ABRSM and Southbank Sinfonia are pleased to announce a new partnership. The orchestra’s outstanding graduate players – renowned for their spirit, versatility and advocacy – will act as role-models to younger counterparts undertaking their ABRSM music exams and contemplating their future prospects. Southbank Sinfonia musicians will collaborate with ABRSM on a range of blogs, videos and other social media inspiring the next generation of players to recognise their immense creative potential and apply it to vibrant effect.

Music for Youth

Music for Youth and ABRSM have been working together since 1995 to support young musicians across the UK. Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK.

ABRSM sponsors Music for Youth's regional festivals, which are open access and free for the ensembles to perform in. All types of groups of all levels of experience are welcome - at any one festival you could see choirs, brass bands, jazz groups and steel pan bands taking to the stage. ABRSM’s support has enabled Music for Youth to expand and develop the series, providing a local platform to thousands of young instrumentalists and singers.

Music Mark

The evolving strategic partnership between ABRSM and Music Mark, following the success of their 2014 roadshows, is designed to help deliver a more coherent and higher quality music education for children and young people.

Lincoln Abbotts, our Director of Strategic Development said: ‘This is a strategic partnership putting young people at the centre – we all care about supporting and inspiring the next generation of performers, teachers, leaders and advocates. A more joined up approach to music making – in and out of school - leads to a better outcome for children and young people.’

London Symphony Orchestra

We are delighted to partner with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) for Shine.

The London Symphony Orchestra is bringing the greatest music to the greatest number of people. This is at the heart of everything that it does. This commitment to serve music and the people who love music is borne of a unique ethos developed over more than 100 years. Established in 1904 by a number of London’s finest musicians, the LSO is a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership. The Orchestra is still owned by its Members and has a signature sound emanating from the combined zeal and virtuosity of these 95 brilliant musicians who come from around the world; its music-making remains firmly at the centre of the Orchestra’s activities. The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in the City of London, where it gives 70 symphonic concerts every year, and performs a further 70 concerts worldwide on tour. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director Designate, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s community and education programme based at LSO St Luke’s, brings the work of the LSO with all parts of society and engages with 60,000 people every year. The LSO reaches out much further with its own recording label – LSO Live, the first of its kind which launched in 1999 – and now streams its music to millions around the world.

14.00 - 16.00

Shine with Singing!

14.00 - 16.00

Take part in Shine - the music!

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, Milton Court, Level 2 & 4, Rehearsal Rooms 2 & 3

Mark ArmstrongWhatever your instrument and whatever level you are at, come and play your part in a practical workshop led by composer Mark Armstrong.

14.00 - 16.00

Shine with ABRSM!

Barbican centre, Level 4, Frobisher 1, 2 & 3

John HolmesJohn Holmes, ABRSM’s Chief Examiner, explores the vital ingredients of an engaging musical performance followed by the opportunity to discover the brand new ABRSM Flute and Clarinet syllabuses.

14.00 - 16.00

Shine for the future!

Barbican Centre, Level 4, Frobisher 4, 5 & 6

Come to this fascinating Q&A session and be among the first to contribute to and shape an important piece of research on supporting and sustaining musical progression for all.

14.15 - 16.00

Shine with the London Symphony Orchestra!

14.15 - 15.30

Help your child to Shine!

ABRSM, 4 London Wall Place, Ground floor, Room 1

Encouraging music-making as part of your child’s life is important. Come along for information that will help every parent answer the question – why music?

14.00 - 15.00

Shine with new approaches and resources!

Barbican centre, Ground floor, Fountain room

Come and discover new, innovative resources and technology to use with your students.


Together, let’s celebrate the world of music!

Hosted by ABRSM and partners

ABRSM, Classic FM and Barbican

Supported by Allianz Musical Insurance

ABRSM, Classic FM and Barbican





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