RPS Composers: application form

Please ensure you have read the Application Guidelines before completing the application form below.

In spending time on your application, we advise you save your answers (particularly for the questions requiring longer answers) in a word document or equivalent on your computer in case of any technial glitch.

Your application will only be submitted once you have completed all obligatory fields in the form and clicked the ‘Submit' button at the end.

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We're always keen to hear from those who have not considered applying to the RPS before, but are equally pleased to hear from those who have and read about what they have achieved recently.
This should include reference to your study, significant performances (here, please specify if any were gained through application to a scheme/programme), and any other musical pursuits you may have alongside composing (such as performing, teaching, arranging, leading/contributing to workshops). Please write in the first person and do not paste a third person biography into this.
In this, you are welcome to reflect on the pandemic’s impact, whether it has limited your progress or indeed led you to new creative pursuits or realisations.


Please read our Application Guidelines (link at the top of this page) before providing details of your three works.

For 'Title of Work', please specify which movement if you are not submitting the full work.

For 'Duration of Work', please specify to the nearest minute (e.g. 6').

For 'Link to Work', please also include a password if applicable.

Please include https:// in the link
If your composition does not begin at the very start of the recording (in minutes and seconds)

Please include https:// in the link
If your composition does not begin at the very start of the recording (in minutes and seconds)

Please include https:// in the link
If your composition does not begin at the very start of the recording (in minutes and seconds)

Please be sure to upload your scores here by the closing date of midday on Tuesday 23 March, labelling your files as follows: Firstname Surname - Title of work


A written reference from one person, such as your teacher, a professional composer, or someone working in the music profession, who is prepared to endorse your application must be sent by the referee to admin@philharmonicsociety.uk by the closing date.

If obtaining a reference is not possible for whatever reason, please do let us know as we do not want this to inhibit you from applying.

See the Application Guidelines for more information (link at the top of this page).


Central to the RPS’ charitable objects is the aim to encourage creativity in music and give recognition to excellence in music and musicians. In doing this, we strive to be inclusive, ensuring we are representing the UK’s diverse society, reflecting the wide range of people who play a valued part in, or have the right to play a part in, the nation’s musical life.

The following questions are not obligatory but, by completing them, you will help us monitor the effectiveness of our Inclusivity Policy.
*In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, a disability is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities and you think might disadvantage you in obtaining or keeping employment for which otherwise you would be suitable, even though you might have overcome any such disability.

Please carefully read through your application and check you have filled in all fields correctly before submitting. When you click submit, a successful submission will take you to a page confirming this and you should also receive a confirmation email (you may need to check your spam folder for this email).

If the application form page refreshes after you click submit, this means you have incorrectly filled in a field. Please take time to go back and make sure you have filled in everything correctly. Common application form errors are:

  • you have other characters such as brackets, spaces or plus signs in the 'Phone Number' field. This should contain numbers only.
  • you have exceeded the character count in a longer question.
  • there is a compulsory check box which you have not ticked.

DECLARATION: By submiting this application, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Application Guidelines, that the works you are submitting are your own original, unaided compositions, that you are eligible to apply, and that the information you have submitted is correct to the best of your knowledge.