Bone-afide - 2021 RPS Philip Jones Brass Prize winners

RPS Philip Jones Brass Prize

£2,500 prize for an outstanding individual brass player or brass ensemble of up to 5 players

We are delighted to introduce a new prize intended to draw profile to a brass player of exceptional promise and to help them to progress professionally.

The prize takes its name from the renowned and much-loved trumpeter Philip Jones CBE (1928 – 2000) who devoted himself to the highest possible standards in brass playing and to making more opportunities for fellow brass players to shine. Not only was he Principal Trumpet of many leading orchestras, he founded the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble – one of the first of its kind – through which many other notable players came to prominence and much treasured repertoire was commissioned.

With this new prize, we hope to recognise new talents arising who in their own way may proceed to make a positive difference to brass-playing in the UK. It is made possible thanks to our close association with Philip’s wife Ursula Jones, a dear friend and supporter of the RPS.

In June 2021, we announced the inaugural winners of the RPS Philip Jones Brass Prize, the trombone quartet, Bone-afide. Read their story and find out how we are supporting them.

Read on for the terms of the 2021 Prize which we have kept here for reference. The terms will be updated when we open applications anew in February 2022.

Who is it open to?

Individual brass players and brass ensembles of up to 5 players of any nationality, based in the UK, aged between 18 and 30 at the application closing date.

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.

Key Dates

Applications open in the week commencing 7 February and close on Friday 6 May. If your initial application is successful, we will ask you to an audition which will take place in mid/late September 2022.

How can I apply?

Applications for the prize are now closed. For information about last year's prize and application process, please refer to the guidelines linked below.