25th Birthday Commissions for Classic FM

RPS has teamed up with Classic FM in celebration of the broadcaster's 25th Birthday. 

To mark this milestone, RPS and Classic FM are co-commissioning six new works, written by composers who are no older than Classic FM itself, to be presented in a series of special concerts and events throughout 2017.

Each successful composer will be allocated an event at which their piece will be premiered. These events include International Make Music Day, The Welsh Proms and Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. With varying ensemble sizes, each composer will be paid for their work, which will be recorded live and broadcast to Classic FM’s 5.3 million listeners throughout the UK.

Entrants’ work will be considered by an eminent panel of judges, including Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, with six individuals then appointed as Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Composers.

Who can apply?

The competition is open to those who were born on, or after 7th September 1992 and who are UK residents or studying full time in the UK.

N.B. The successful composers will have borne in mind the fact that one in ten adults in the UK listens to Classic FM every week, and will demonstrate an ability to write accessible classical music, for varying sizes of ensemble.

How can I apply?

If you fit the age criteria, and would like to apply for Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Commissions, in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, please email classicfm.commissions@classicfm.com, registering your interest. You’ll then receive a reply with all the information you’ll need to put together an application. 

We’ll ask for a few details, and some examples of your recent compositional work. Entries close on 1st March, after which a judging panel will select the six composers.
 

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