Emerging Composers

The RPS offers emerging professional and school age composers a range of opportunities and commissions for professional performance.

RPS COMPOSITION PRIZES

AT A GLANCE: Professional commissions of £3,000 or £1,000, plus concert performances and workshops, for emerging composers.
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RPS/DUET PRIZE FOR YOUNG COMPOSERS

AT A GLANCE: A £1,500 cash prize and a commission for professional performance to an outstanding young composer aged 18 or under.
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ROSIE JOHNSON RPS/WIGMORE HALL APPRENTICE COMPOSER SCHEME

AT A GLANCE: A £2,000 RPS commission, apprentice-composer residency and mentoring opportunity at Wigmore Hall for an emerging composer (minimum age 18).
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25TH BIRTHDAY COMMISSIONS FOR CLASSIC FM

AT A GLANCE: Arange of six commissions for professional performance and broadcast on Classic FM, for composers born on/after 7 September 1992.
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Commissioning new music is part of the RPS New Music Programme. We are extremely grateful to the trusts, corporate sponsors and individual donors who support the programme. Click here to find out more.

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OUR MEMBERS

Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.

DID YOU KNOW?

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.