The Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund honours the widely respected pianist, teacher and formidably well-informed thinker and writer on music who died in January 2005.
It was established by the Royal Philharmonic Society with donations from friends and family, led by composer Brian Elias. The purpose of the fund is to support composers (of any age) and young musicians wishing perform works by living composers. At present the fund plays a vital role in facilitating the opportunities we grant to emerging composers. The fund has supported the following composers whose commissions were premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival: Cheryl Frances-Hoad (2008), Sasha Siem (2009), Michael Langemann (2010), Charlotte Bray (2011) Lauri Supponen (2012) and David Önaç(2013), Tom Stewart (2014), Nicholas Morrish Rarity (2015), Hunter Coblentz (2016), Darren Bloom (2017), and Bethan Morgan-Williams (2018).
Additionally, the fund has helped support those who become the Rosie Johnson RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer: Edmund Hunt (2017-8) and Daniel Fardon (2018-9).
The RPS has a long tradition of supporting composers, dating back to Beethoven. We are only able to keep helping composers thanks to a generous family of individual donors, trusts and corporate sponsors, and initiatives such as the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund. If you would like to help us to bring more new music to life, please click here to find out how to get involved. Even the smallest gesture is greatly appreciated.
Rosemary Nalden: British viola player and founder of Buskaid, who now directs the thriving stringed-instruments school in Soweto. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.
DID YOU KNOW?
In early Philharmonic Society concerts, players often rotated within their orchestral section, reflecting the orchestra's wealth of performing talent as well as its democratic ethos: no ‘distinction of rank’.