RPS Composition Prizes

The RPS gives emerging composers the chance to write a work for a prestigious professional performance.

What does the RPS offer?

Winning composers will each receive a commission of either £3,000 or £1,000, and a professional performance. In 2016 the following prizes will be offered:

► Three composers will be offered the opportunity to join the Philharmonia/RPS Composers Academy led by Unsuk Chin, and take part in a range of seminars and workshops throughout the year, culminating in a £3,000 commission to be performed by members of the orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

► One £3,000 chamber commission for the Cheltenham Music Festival, supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund set up in memory of the pianist, teacher and writer.

► One £1,000 solo piece for the Presteigne Festival.

Other commissions may also be available.

Please note the new entrance requirements:

Composers currently studying for a first degree or master's degree at a UK university/conservatoire OR those who have successfully completed a first degree or master’s degree at a UK university/conservatoire since 31 March 2008 are eligible to apply.

You are asked to submit a portfolio of three compositions plus a CD/MP3 recording of at least one of the works, together with proof that you fulfil the above criteria regarding your undergaduate/master's degree at a UK university or conservatoire.

Scores and the list of performances will be given to the jury anonymously. Each score and the list of performances must have your name removed/masked.

How can I apply?

The deadline for this year has now passed (March 2016). Applications will open again in the Autumn of 2016.


The RPS Composition Prizes are part of the RPS New Music Programme. We are extremely grateful to the trusts, corporate sponsors and indivdual donors who support the programme. Click here to find out more.