Grade 1 Challenge


Aldeburgh Music and the Britten–Pears Foundation invite you to start learning the piano and take the Grade 1 Challenge. If you’ve always wanted to take up this challenge, but have never got round to it then now is the perfect opportunity to do so!

Once you’ve signed up to the Challenge, you can book practice rooms at Snape Maltings and the Red House in Aldeburgh. We’re also publishing a series of videos that will challenge, inform and help you prepare. If you want to challenge yourself further we’re even giving you the opportunity to play your Grade 1 piece during the Aldeburgh Festival. See below for more details.

How to take part

  • Sign up (using the form in the sidebar) to make sure you get up to date information from us.
  • Find a piano and a teacher.
  • Choose your syllabus and buy your music – ABRSM or Trinity College London.
  • Practice!
  • When you feel ready, you can register for your exam. You can even take your exam at Snape Maltings in October, but there are examination centres all over the country.

If you have questions, we are here to help. Email us at

Use the hashtag #grade1challenge to let us know how you’re getting on. We’ll post advice, news and instructional videos to this as well.

Weekly video tutorials

1. The C Major Scale

2. Moving up to G Major

3. ‘Thumb under’ technique

See all the videos we’ve published so far on Youtube.

We’re delighted to be working with both ABRSM and Trinity College London on this initiative.