A4 Brass Quartet - 2018 RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award winners

RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award

The RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award is a £5,000 cash prize awarded to an emerging, UK-based, chamber ensemble for developing performance opportunities.

Who is it open to?

The Award is open to chamber ensembles of 3 - 10 performers, in any combination of string, wind, brass, keyboard or percussion instruments. The maximum age of an ensemble player is 30 at the closing date. Ensemble members must either be in advanced professional training or in the early stages of their careers. The ensembles must have performed together for a minimum of 2 years.

Musicians must be based in the UK and, if from outside of the EU, have the necessary visas to enable them to perform regularly in the UK (without the need for individual work permits). The aim of the group must be to establish themselves as a performing ensemble and to develop the scope of the ensemble repertoire.

We are continually striving to address how we can minimise barriers to the widest possible range of applicants and are proud to have adopted Sound and Music's Fair Access Principles. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented demographics, such as those who are Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, or those who are disabled. If you feel that any part of our offer - or the experience in applying for it - could inhibit any such person from applying, please do let us know (contact details below) and we will be happy to address this.

How can I apply?

Applications should be submitted via the online form linked at the bottom of this page.

Before applying, please take time to read the Prize's guidelines and criteria - linked below - and continue to consult them throughout the process.

The closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

If you have any further queries about any part of the process not addressed in the guidelines below or wish to speak to a member of the RPS team, please get in touch with us. We also warmly welcome feedback about our application process and are keen to hear from anyone who may have identified potential barriers to applying. You can contact our General Manager Robin Sheffield at robin@philharmonicsociety.uk or call us on 020 7287 0019.