Winners of the RPS/Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions were selected by a jury comprising composers Errollyn Wallen, Stephen McNeff, Debbie Wiseman and Paul Mealor.
Alex Woolf (born 1995) has composed music for a wide range of artists and ensembles; these include the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Malcolm Martineau, the Tallis Scholars, and Aurora Orchestra. His music has been broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3 and performed across the UK, as well as in Holland, Italy, Germany, France, China and the United States. Alex read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016... Read More
16-year-old Alexia is a synaesthetic blind First Study Composer at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Second Study Recorder. She is also studying for her A levels in Music, Philosophy, Latin and English Literature. She was an Aldeburgh Young Musician in 2015-16 and she is now one of 6 Composers with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain... Read More
Benjamin Rimmer (born 1993) studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016. He has recently received several commissions, including those from Ballett Im Revier Gelsenkirchen and from Internationally acclaimed harpist Eleanor Turner, as well as receiving a number of performances of his work up and down the country...
Dani Howard graduated from the Royal College of Music where she received a first class BMus Honours Degree. She was a Rose Williams scholar supported by the Henry Wood Trust, and studied composition under Jonathan Cole, having previously been mentored by cellist Richard Bamping. She has had her compositions performed and screened across the UK, and internationally... Read More
Jack has been successful in the 2012 and 2014 EPTA UK, 2012 Surrey Schools Have Talent and 2016 Royal Opera House Fanfare Competitions. He has performed piano and vocal solos in internationally renowned venues such as Wembley Arena, G Live, Dorking Halls, Fairfield Halls, Warwick University's Arts Centre and the JFC Jazz Club in St Petersburg. Jack's annual charity concerts, featuring broad programmes... Read More
Marco Galvani is a composer based in London, studying with David Sawer. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and subsequently with Professor Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford. Marco’s choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America. Marco’s compositions... Read More
Olly Muxworthy was born in 1993 and is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he studied composition with John Ashton Thomas, Errollyn Wallen and Edward Jessen, and conducting with Gregory Rose and Jonathan Tilbrook. His compositional work, which has been described as "vibrant and colourful", has been performed by orchestras, string ensembles... Read More
Kathryn McDowell, Director, LSO: The RPS has been a meeting point for musicians, composers and audiences for 200 years and remains a passionate advocate for music today.
DID YOU KNOW?
Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.