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Practical Session 2 Update - Oman

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for November-December. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Contemporary instrumental techniques – the oboe!

In this exciting new strand of our Lockdown Live series, London Sinfonietta players dive in to the nuances of contemporary performance on their instruments, and explore how they're used in a contemporary setting. See the techniques and styles used in new music composition, with examples from a selection of the most renowned works of contemporary writing.

In this live video, oboist Melinda Maxwell explores contemporary writing for oboe, performing the world premiere of Simon Holt’s Raw Air, which was written specially for Melinda. She will also draw on examples from Edgard Varèse’s Octandre and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Sampler.

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