For whatever reasons it seems that the diplomas just don't have the uptake that the grade system has. I spoke to a number of people about what they did after grade 8 and most people said "Quit"
I don't really fancy the performance Dip, the playing is fine but I don't give a toot about the program notes. I'm sure there are all manner of arguments for learning this information, but ick! The gap is also difficult, the DipABRSM saying that it's for the first year of an undergrad course then the LRSM suddenly jumping to year 3, nothing equivalent to year 2, and especially as people not in a full time undergrad course could take well over 2 years to bridge the gap between the two it seems that there isn't anywhere to go once you drop off grade 8. A while back they put in another certificate exam to bridge the gap but that's gone now. I want to "do something" but I don't know what I want to do. What do people normally do to keep themselves focussed onto something specific? I was offered a place on the final year of a performing BMus course a couple of years ago so my playing must be "up there" somewhere, but I didn't take up the course in the end (stupid reasons - they didn't tell me where and when to start despite my best efforts to find out!!) so I didn't end up doing anything with it and am once more back to playing through stuff for no particular reason.