Commissions Since 1813

List of works commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society

1813 - 1849 / 1850 - 1899 / 1900 - 1999 / 2000 - 2004 / 2005 - 2009 / 2010 - 2014 / 2015 to date


Ed Scolding Brut (in collaboration with Peter Groom; BFI Southbank, as part of SOUND:VISION)

Dani Howard Visions (in collaboration with Victoria Fiore; BFI Southbank, as part of SOUND:VISION)

Joe Jackson At First Sight (in collaboration with Chloe Wicks; BFI Southbank, as part of SOUND:VISION)

Theo Vidgen Swan Song for Four Cellos (in collaboration with Sophie Barrott; BFI Southbank, as part of SOUND:VISION)

Sarah Lianne Lewis Palimpsest (in collaboration with Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo; BFI Southbank, as part of SOUND:VISION)

Huw Watkins Envoi (Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis - conductor; as part of Composer in the House)

*^Nicholas Morrish Abandonment and Ruin (Kokoro, Cheltenham Festival)

*Samuel Bordoli As I Lay Dying (Philharmonia players)

*Oliver Leith Craquelure (Philharmonia players)

*Nicholas Stuart Very Small Symphony (Philharmonia players)

*Elizabeth Ogonek Falling Up (Ensemble 360)

*#Michael Small White Space(Fenella Humphreys - violin, Presteigne Festival)

~Jonathan Dove Nights Not Spent Alone (Kitty Whately - mezzo-soprano, Simon Lepper - piano; Cheltenham Festival)

+Elena Kats-Chernin Material Men (Smith Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall)

Kerry Andrew writing on the NHS (London Sinfonietta players, part of Southbank Centre's Notes to the New Government)

Jordan Hunt writing on the power of optimism (London Sinfonietta players, part of Southbank Centre's Notes to the New Government)

Gavin Higgins writing on the impact of the bedroom tax (London Sinfonietta players, part of Southbank Centre's Notes to the New Government)

Benjamin Oliver and poet Luke Wright writing on loneliness and isolation (London Sinfonietta players, part of Southbank Centre's Notes to the New Government)

Emma-Ruth Richards writing on sex trafficking (London Sinfonietta players, part of Southbank Centre's Notes to the New Government)

Naomi Pinnock Lines and Spaces (Richard Uttley - piano, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)


~John CaskenSerpents of Wisdom (Alec Frank-Gemmill - horn, Alasdair Beatson, piano, Wigmore Hall)

Julian AndersonIncantesimi (Berlin Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle - conductor)

*Patrick John Jones Locks of the Approaching Storm (Philharmonia players, Diego Masson - conductor)

*Desmond ClarkeXyla (Philharmonia players, Diego Masson - conductor)

*Michael Taplin Lambent Fires (Philharmonia players, Diego Masson - conductor)

~Kurt Schwertsik Eine Windrose für Mauricio (Narek Hakhnazaryan - cello, Cheltenham Festival)

*^Hunter Coblentz Trio (Fidelio Trio, Cheltenham Festival)

+David Sawer April \ March (London Sinfonietta, Andrew Gourlay - conductor, BBC Proms)

~Rolf Wallin (Danish String Quartet, Edinburgh International Festival)

*#Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade Ravens' Cage (Emily Pailthorpe - clarinet, Clare Hammond, piano, Presteigne Festival)

~Sally Beamish Merula Perpetua (Lise Berthaud - viola, David Saudubray - piano, BBC Proms)

*Dani Howard Ostara (Ensemble 360)

~Francisco CollChanson et Bagatelle (Peter Moore - trombone, Richard Uttley - piano)

~Manfred Trojahn Sonata V (Annelien Van Wauwe - clarinet, Nino Gvetadze - piano)

~Johannes Fischer Canons and Sparrows (Armida Quartet)

~Michael Nyman Two Sonnets for Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz(Kathryn Rudge - mezzo-soprano, James Baillieu - piano)


Nicola LeFanu The Crimson Bird (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rachel Nicolls - soprano)

*^ Gareth Moorcraft Reflections (After Gibbons) (Philharmonia players, Patrick Bailey - conductor)

* Lisa Illean Januaries (Philharmonia players, Patrick Bailey - conductor)

* Donghoon Shin The Hunter's Funeral (Philharmonia players, Patrick Bailey - conductor)

= Freya Ireland Puzzled (Cavendish Winds, Wigmore Hall)

%Jack Pepper Fanfare (Royal College of Music students, ABRSM Shine Day, Barbican)

~Manfred Trojahn Sonata V for Clarinet and Piano (Annelien Van Wauwe - clarinet, Simon Lepper - piano, Cheltenham Festival)

*Darren Bloom Five Brief Lessons (Piatti Quartet, Cheltenham Festival)

Benjamin Attahir Sahirat (Clare Hammond - piano)

%Oliver Muxworthy Rigaudon (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes - conductor, Cardiff St David's Hall)

~Matthias Pintscher Canto (Benjamin Appl - baritone, Pavel Kolesnikov - piano, Edinburgh International Festival)

*# Jack Sheen Bagatelle (for Trisha Brown) (Tim Horton - piano, Presteigne Festival)

% Dani Howard: Argentum (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Seal - conductor)

% Alexia Sloane: Elegy for Aylan (Ensemble 10:10, Clark Rundell - conductor)

% Benjamin Rimmer: Pathway (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian - conductor)

% Marco Galvani: On Christmas Morn (The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - conductor)


* Freya Waley-Cohen Ink (Philharmonia players, Anna-Marie Helsing - conductor)

*Austin Leung Music of the World(Philharmonia players, Anna-Marie Helsing - conductor)

* Eugene Birman Adagio (Philharmonia players, Anna-Marie Helsing - conductor)

= Edmund Hunt The Wave-Bright Well (Diphonon Duo, Wigmore Hall)

~ Kate Whitley Songs (Ashley Riches - bass-baritone, Joseph Middleton - piano)

* Bethan Morgan-Williams Tongues (Ligeti Quartet, Cheltenham Music Festival)

~ Caroline Shaw String Quartet (Calidore String Quartet, BBC Proms)

~ Peder Barratt-Due Correspondances (Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad - viola, David Meier - piano, Edinburgh International Festival)

* Manos Charalabopoulos Two Poems (Joanna Gutowska - cello, Presteigne Festival)


* Winners of the RPS Composition Prize for emerging composers
^ Supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers' Fund
# Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission
+ RPS Drummond commission
~ New Generation commission
% Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions supported by The Boltini Trust
= Rosie Johnson RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer

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