We are pleased to share all the prizewinning entries since the RPS Young Classical Writers Prize began in 2021. We hope you are inspired by these entries and, if you are a young classical music enthusiast, we have also created a set of tips and insights to fuel your own writing, perhaps leading you to apply for the prize yourself.

1st prize: Oliver Picken - Legitimising a genre: A Moorside Suite by Gustav Holst

2nd prize: Holly Bacon - Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie: Building bridges from emotion

3rd prize: Jonty Watt - Florence Foster Jenkins: my inspiration

Specially commended:

Abhisri Chaudhuri - Blind to the Barriers on Errollyn Wallen's Piano Concerto

Emily Dore - Worthiness on Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

Francesca Hamilton - Choose Opera

1st prize: Cara Houghton - Finding Glencree on Ina Boyle's Symphony No. 1 "Glencree"

2nd prize: Luke Horsey - Write the music that pleases you on Poulenc's Cello Sonata

3rd prize: Kai Konishi-Dukes - On being scattered in times on Josquin's Missa L'homme armé

1st prize: Mark Rogers – That Time of Evening on Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915

2nd prize: Lola Frisby Williams – A Piece for an Alien World on  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet 

Joint 3rd prize:

Thomas Gibbs – Sounding Together on Ernest Bloch’s Symphony for Trombone and Orchestra

Anonymous – For William, whenever we may find him on William Corynsh’s  Magnificat 

Specially commended:

Lillian Crawford – Give in to the sweetness of Lili Boulanger’s Les sirènes

Frederick Lloyd – The New Beauty of Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you

Christopher Churcher – One Thousand and One Nights on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade