RPS Philip Jones Brass Prize

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

Please note: given the latest government guidelines announced on Monday 4 January, we have decided to defer live auditions for this Prize to the week commencing Monday 12 April, and have duly extended the closing date for applications to midday on Tuesday 2 February.

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.

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.

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 2 February 2021 (extended from Tuesday 12 January).

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.