Current Composers

Our current emerging composers were selected in June 2018 by a panel comprising composers Unsuk Chin, Ed Nesbit and Kate Romano.

RPS / Philharmonia Composers’ Academy

Imagine writing for a cohort of players from one of Britain’s finest orchestras. Every year, we are proud to partner with the Philharmonia, giving several emerging composers the opportunity to write chamber works for their prestigious ‘Music of Today’ series at the Royal Festival Hall, and benefit from mentorship from the series’ Artistic Director, Unsuk Chin. The composers currently enjoying this opportunity are:

The world premiere of their new works will be at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 2 June 2019. Further details can be found here.

Rosie Johnson RPS / Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer

Witness your music come to life on one of Europe’s most cherished stages. Annually, we join forces with the Wigmore Hall to appoint an Apprentice Composer who not only writes a chamber piece for the venue’s Fellowship Ensemble, but also gets the chance to participate in projects led by Wigmore Hall Learning, as well as receiving guidance from Composer in Residence, Helen Grime. The opportunity is named in honour of Rosie Johnson, our former Executive Director who led the RPS for 20 years. The current recipient is:

The world premiere of Daniel’s new piece – written for 2018-19 Fellowship Ensemble, the Bloomsbury Quartet – takes place on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Cheltenham Music Festival

For decades, the Cheltenham Festival has been one of the renowned places to hear exciting new music. As it embarks on a dynamic new chapter under the artistic leadership of Alison Balsom, we are pleased to continue granting an opportunity for a composer to write a chamber work that takes a central place in the festival programme. Currently preparing for this opportunity is:

Details of exactly when and where you can hear her new piece will be announced soon.

Music in the Round

Much of the most exciting music-making in Britain occurs outside London. We annually partner with Music in the Round – the largest promoter of chamber music beyond the capital – granting a composer the chance to write for the dedicated musicians of Ensemble 360, based in Yorkshire. Alongside the performance, the composer usually has the opportunity to meet local children and give them an impression of why it’s worth becoming a composer today. This year’s recipient is:

Carmen’s premiere will take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in May 2019. We will share more details here soon.

Presteigne Festival

For those who have been, Presteigne – on the Welsh border – is one of the most exciting musical gatherings every summer. Annually an RPS composer writes specially for the festival which always draws an enthusiastic audience. This year’s composer is:

Information about Liam’s performance – in late August 2019 – will be announced soon.

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Sir Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic: RPS Gold Medal Awarded in 1999.


In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.