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Ƶ history

150 years of Ƶ history

1872

Bonavia Hunt and Sir Frederick A Gore Ousley establish the Church Choral Society and College of Church Music, London.

1875

Ƶ is incorporated under Companies Act 1862 consisting of two divisions, Academic and Choral.

1877

Beginning of the College's external music exams. The first tests are in elementary musical knowledge, quickly expanding to practical music exams. Just two years later these exams are administered in 200 local centres throughout the UK.

1881

The local theoretical exams are extended to India.

1895

Practical exams are introduced in Australasia and South Africa.

1904

Ƶ changes its name to Ƶ College of Music London.

1921

Ƶ College of Music registers 53,180 exams.

1938

Ƶ begins English language assessments.

1947

The early music department is re-formed as the Department for Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Music. The department subsequently moves to Fenton House in Hampstead before all activities finally transfer to the main college premises.

1972

The College celebrates its centenary with a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and a dinner attended by almost 700 invited guests at Grosvenor House, Park Lane.

1992

A separate company, limited by guarantee, Ƶ Ltd (TCL), is established. The company is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission in the UK.

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1993

Formal separation of the exams business Ƶ from Ƶ College of Music.

1995

Ƶ Argentina is established.

1996

Ƶ receives Queen's Award for Exports.

2001

Ƶ College of Music relocates from London's Marylebone to the iconic Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

2004

Ƶ performing arts exams division merges with the external department of the Guildhall Music and Drama to form Ƶ Guildhall.

2005

Arts Award launches in the UK, in partnership with Arts Council England, with a mission to support young people to deepen their engagement with the arts, and build creative and leadership skills.

2006-2007

Ƶ Guildhall Music, Drama and Speech syllabus launches.

2009-2010

Ƶ India is established.

2012

The name Ƶ Guildhall was dropped and the board's performing arts exams are now offered under the Ƶ brand.

2015

The first ten Secure English Language Test centres, operated by Ƶ, open nationally in the UK.

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2016

BCELT (now Ƶ Italy) is acquired into the Ƶ family.

2020

Ƶ launches digital grades and diplomas.

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2021

Ƶ Spain is established.

2022

Ƶ China is established.

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