APPLY NOW: RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme

18 Oct 2017

As part of its commitment to providing professional development opportunities for outstanding musical talent, the Royal Philharmonic Society has joined forces with Wigmore Hall to offer a commission and apprenticeship for an emerging composer.

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As well as a £2,000 RPS commission for viola and accordion duo, Diphonon Duo, to be performed at Wigmore Hall on 12 June 2018, the recipient will take up an Apprentice Composer residency’ at Wigmore Hall, receive mentoring from their Composer in Residence, Helen Grime, opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances as part of the Wigmore Hall Contemporary Music Series, and observe Wigmore Hall Learning workshops and events.

The opportunity is for those wanting to develop a career as a professional composer. Applicants must demonstrate their understanding of the different instruments and their proficiency in notating their scores, although a formal degree or equivalent qualification is not compulsory. Applicants must be aged 18 or over by the deadline to be eligible. 

Applications must be fully submitted by 17 November 2017, 12 noon.

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Last year, we were delighted to appoint 18 year-old Freya Ireland as the inaugural RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer. Freya's work 'Puzzled' was written for and premiered by the the Cavendish Wing Quintet at Wigmore Hall in June 2017 - listen to the piece here.

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