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Freya Ireland: RPS Duet Composer Prize winner

Freya Ireland talks about her career as a young composer, her learning experiences with the National Youth Orchestra’s Creative Hub and ‘bananagrams’…

Howard Ionascu: Junior Academies & Conservatoires

Howard Ionascu, Director of Junior Academy at the RAM, looks at how both complement students’ musical, academic and social lives…

Chi-chi Nwanoku: Chineke!

Chineke! is Europe’s first professional Black and minority ethnic (BME) orchestra. (November 2015)

Clare Stevens: Essential Marketing Tips

Clare Stevens, Media and Marketing Manager at Three Choirs Festival, gives us her essential marketing tips for performing artists. (November 2015)

Catherine Arlidge: Music Education

Catherine Arlidge, Sub-Principal Second Violin of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, teacher, animateur and winner of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize gives an overview of her work in music education. (May 2015)

Marion Friend: NYOGB - Inspire

Marion Friend MBE, former Director of Junior Trinity talks about her experience of some recent music education outreach work by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. (May 2015)

Sarah Derbyshire: A Career in Music

Sarah Derbyshire MBE considers the breadth and possibilities available for a career in music. (May 2015)

Lincoln Abbotts: ABRSM - Making Music

Lincoln Abbotts, Dircetor of Strategic Development at ABRSM, summarises ABRSM's Making Music report; the most comprehensive survey of the learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments ever undertaken in the UK. (October 2014)

Jonathan Vaughan: Applying to Music College

From preparation to potential pitfalls, Jonathan Vaughan Vice­‐Principal & Director of Music at GSMD, offers advice to students applying to music college. (October 2014)

Robert Saxton: Studying Music at Oxford

Professor Robert Saxton, Fellow and Tutor in Music at Oxford University's Worcester College, looks at the breadth of what Oxford's Faculty of Music can offer students - from undergraduate to postgraduate study. (October 2014)

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Ricardo Castro: International pianist who established a flourishing youth music programme in Bahià, Brazil. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.


The RPS is over 200 years old, founded in 1813 ‘to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music'.