A summer of new music

09 Jun 2017

Works created by 12 composers for the Royal Philharmonic Society will be premiered over the next 3 months

Ever since 1813 the RPS has been the voice of new music and has commissioned and premiered works from vibrant composers the world over. This summer sees a veritable feast of new pieces and the chance to get to grip with the ideas and soundworld of the next generation of musicians.


RPS/Wigmore Hall/Apprentice Composer in Residence

Winner of the RPS/Duet Prize for composers under 18, Freya Ireland, was appointed RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, a new initiative announced in Autumn 2016.  She's been writing for the Cavendish Wind Quintet and you can hear her work on 27 June at Wigmore.

RPS Composition Prize Winners

All six of last year's RPS prizes for emerging composers have been working away to complete pieces for groups around the country - look out for the Philharmonia Composers Academy on 21 June and perforrmances in Cheltenham and Presteigne.

RPS/Classic FM Commissions

Jack Pepper and Oliver Muxworthy kick off our commissions by composers under 25 to celebrate Classic FM's 25th birthday with performances in London and Cardiff in July.  All the pieces will be broadcast on Classic FM. Performance details

New Generation Commissions

BBC Radio 3's cohort of brilliant young performers take on new works by Mathias Pintscher and  Manfred Trojahn in Cheltenham and Edinburgh in the latest of our New Generation Commissions. While  RPS Awards Young Artist, Clare Hammond performs a new piece specially written for her by Benjamin Attahir - one of the rising starts of French New Music.


Jane Manning, internationally recognised soprano specialising in contemporary music over an eminent career, premiering over 350 new works.


The early directors and concert conductors were given tickets made of ivory to gain them admission to Philharmonic Society performances.