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The Music of Douglas Steele included in the ABRSM new singing syllabus

The music of Stockport Grammar School’s inspirational late Music Master, Mr Douglas Steele, has been included in The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s (ABRSM) new singing syllabus for candidates who will be taking exams from January 2018 onwards.

The new singing syllabus offers a huge variety of new songs, from core classics and opera to songs from the stage and screen.  The syllabus includes five pieces by Douglas Steele;

  • O Mistress Mine 2nd setting in Grade 6
  • Farm Child, The Snow Falls and Sweet Cyder in Grade 7
  • Loveliest of Trees in Grade 8

Douglas Steele joined Stockport Grammar School as Assistant Music Master in 1946.  He became Music Master in 1962 following the retirement of Geoffrey Verney.  Prior to his teaching career Douglas Steele had attended the Royal Manchester College of Music and had a prestigious musical career.

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, they support high-quality music-making and learning around the world.

For more information about the singing syllabus and supporting materials, visit