2017 RPS Composition Prize winner
Commission: chamber work for performance at Music in the Round, 2018
Laurence Osborn (b. 1989) read Music at Hertford College, Oxford, studying Composition with Martyn Harry and Martin Suckling, and graduating with a 1st in 2011. He then studied for an MMus in Composition with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, London, supported by an RVW Trust Scholarship and graduating with Distinction in 2013. From 2013-14, Laurence was resident on the London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Soundhub Scheme, where he studied with Julian Anderson. Laurence then went on to study for an MA in Opera Making and Writing with Julian Philips at The Guildhall School of Music, generously supported by The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. He graduated with Distinction in 2015, and held the position of Artist Fellow in Composition for the following year. Laurence is currently Composer-in-Association with Nonclassical.
Laurence won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2017. He was also runner up in the New Cobbett Prize (2014) and the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (2013). He has won student prizes for composition while studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the Adrian Cruft Prize for Composition and the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition. Laurence Osborn has written for the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera Group, The Berkeley Ensemble, CHROMA, The Composers Ensemble, Consortium5, The English National Ballet, The Hebrides Ensemble, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Nonclassical, Outcry Ensemble, The Riot Ensemble, and Tête-à-Tête Opera Company, along with performers Rehana Browne, Lore Lixenberg, and Michael Petrov. His music has been programmed throughout the UK, at venues such as The Royal Opera House, LSO St Luke's, St MartinIn-The-Fields, Milton Court, Wilton's Music Hall, Riverside Studios, Britten Studio (Aldeburgh), The National Portrait Gallery, The Holywell Music Room (Oxford), Kettle’s Ya (Cambridge), St Magnus International Festival, and at Ulverston International Music Festival. Pieces have also been programmed abroad, in Denmark, France, Hungary, and Switzerland. Laurence's music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Resonance FM. Laurence also composes for theatre, having written music for productions at the Southwark Playhouse, RADA Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and for the National Youth Theatre’s Epic Stages course. He is a regular collaborator with Flipping the Bird Theatre. As a writer, Laurence’s articles have been published in Tempo and the Institute of Composing Journal. Current projects include a second commission from The Riot Ensemble for Huddersfield Festival 2017, and a 90 minute chamber opera commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group, which will tour in 2018/19.
Paul Hughes, General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Since 1979 when I won the RPS composition prize this amazing organisation has been part of my life, placing music at the heart of modern life.
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Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.