Discover afresh lost works by living British composers…

ENCORE is a collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 that delves into the works of living British composers, selecting works for performance and broadcast that might otherwise be lost from view. 

While the world premiere of a new piece of music is oftern the focus of media attention and heightened expectation, the chance for it to be heard again and become established in the repertoire is rare. Funding is scarcely available for subsequent performances, resulting in works of real musical worth disappearing from the concert platform.

ENCORE seeks to redress this balance. Featuring works by some of the UK’s most celebrated composers, every ENCORE work is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and complemented by a range of audience development work, shedding new light on each piece. 

Nominations for ENCORE are invited from musicians, commissioners, publishers and programmers and the selected works for each scheme are chosen by an independent jury.

ENCORE Choral runs from 2015-2018 and targets choral music - both unaccompanied works and those with piano or organ. Seven works were chosen for the scheme. 

ENCORE Chamber ran from 2010-2014 and concentrated on chamber music. 12 chambers works were chosen for the scheme. 

ENCORE Orchestral focussed on orchestral music and ran from 2004-2007. 15 orchestral works were selected for performance.

The Royal Philharmonic Society gratefully acknowledges support for ENCORE from Britten-Pears Foundation, Lalita Carlton-Jones, John S Cohen Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, PRS for Music Foundation and RVW Trust.

ENCORE is part of the RPS New Music Programme.

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