Who is it open to?
It is open to any chamber ensemble with 3 - 10 performers, in any combination of string, wind, brass, keyboard or percussion instruments. The maximum age of an ensemble player is 28. Ensemble members must either be in advanced professional training or in the early stages of their careers. The ensembles must have performed together for a minimum of 2 years.
Musicians must be based in the UK and, if from outside of the EU, have the necessary visas to enable them to perform regularly in the UK (without the need for individual work permits). The aim of the group must be to establish themselves as a performing ensemble and to develop the scope of the ensemble repertoire.
How can I apply?
The prize is awarded by the RPS through the annual Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT*) audition process. All eligible applicants will be considered for the prize.
The deadline for applications for this award has now passed. Information pertaining to next year's award will be available here from Autumn 2017.
*YCAT promotes, nurtures and supports outstanding young soloists and chamber musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, as a stepping stone towards commercial representation. New YCAT artists are selected via their annual audition process.