RPS Elgar Bursary

How the celebrated English composer continues to help today's counterparts

Edward Elgar enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1997, composer Anthony Payne famously created a 'completion' of the sketches Elgar made for his Third Symphony which has proceeded to enjoy a life of its own in concerts. Elgar's family decided that the royalties from consequent performances of this should come to the RPS and put towards its ongoing work supporting composers.

Since then, these proceeds have been particular valued in the commissioning of occasional works by established composers, particular those who have sought to push musical boundaries whilst ensuring a spirit of accessibility, as Elgar himself did. Beneficiaries of the Elgar Bursary are detailed here.

As, during the pandemic, performances of the Third Symphony were a rarity, it was agreed that the RPS may put what modest future royalties may arise to one of the commissions on its annual Composers programme.

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