RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composers

While the RPS principally supports composers embarking on the profession, we have partnered with Duet Group to support several individuals already showing exceptional musical promise at school, both composers and instrumentalists.

The RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composers was first awarded to composer Freya Ireland in 2016 and subsequently to Adam Possener in 2018. Both composers received a commission fee of £1,500 and the opportunity for their work to be performed at the highest level. Freya's Puzzled was performed by Cavendish Winds at the Wigmore Hall; Adam's 'And there is nothing new beneath the sun...' was performed by Ensemble 10:10 at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.


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