Current Recipients

The current RPS Composition Prize winners were selected in June 2016 by composers Unsuk Chin, Christian Mason and David Corkhill.


  Commission: chamber work, Cheltenham Festival 2017 (supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers' Fund)
Darren Bloom is a composer, conductor, producer and educator. Described in The Times as ‘almost mystical… a genuine frisson’, Darren’s music is noted for its combination of ‘evocative harmony’ and ‘raw power’. His recent chamber symphony... Read more 


Commission: chamber work, Music in the Round 2017 (supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust)
Patrick Brennan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Following an undergraduate in piano performance at the Royal College of Music, he went on to study composition with Julian Anderson and Hans Abrahamsen at the Guildhall School of Music &... Read more


Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2017
Lisa Illean is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, living and writing in London. Her music has been described as “exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude” (The Australian)... Read more


Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2017
Gareth Moorcraft is a composer and pianist from South Wales. His music has been performed widely in the UK and Europe by musicians including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the CHROMA ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, and L'Association Eubage. In 2012, his work Rondo for wind trio... Read more


Commission: chamber work for the Presteigne Festival 2017 (RPS / Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission)
Jack Sheen (b. 1993) is a composer and conductor from Manchester. He currently holds an Artist Fellowship in Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Jack has written music for the London Symphony Orchestra,... Read more


Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2017
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Donghoon Shin studied composition at Seoul National University with Sukhi Kang and Uzong Choe. He participated in Unsuk Chin’s masterclasses held by Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 and has been studying with her privately since. Donghoon is currently... Read more