Ensemble Philharmonic

Connecting schools with the music profession

Ensemble Philharmonic is an RPS initiative, run in partnership with Duet Group, which offers opportunities to secondary school music students and departments to experience more closely the workings of the classical music profession. 

Through newsletters, articles from music professionals, ticket offers and exclusive access to concerts, and masterclasses and recitals with high-profile artists, Ensemble Philharmonic aims to develop links between schools and the music professions.

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RPS Duet Prizes

As part of Ensemble Philharmonic, two prizes for young musicians and composers aged 18 and under were launched as an extension of the scheme.

The RPS Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists and Young Composers offer £1,500 and a professional performance/commission to the winners. The prizes are awarded every two years, and are designed to recognise and encourage musical excellence in school-aged musicians, and to help young musicians in their musical development.

The inaugural winners of the Prizes were announced in 2016 as cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and composer Freya Ireland.

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