RPS awards over £81,000 to young musicians

31 Jul 2013

The RPS Young Musicians Programme has made grants totaling £81,500 to young composers and performers, underlining the Society’s commitment to encouraging and recognizing the next generation of talented young artists.  

Reflecting the many, and increasing, practical and artistic needs of music students and young professionals, the RPS Young Musicians’ Programme provides wide-ranging support including: assistance with the purchase of instruments, enabling British instrumentalists to study abroad, support for outstanding young string players and organists, further study opportunity for singers, mentoring by leading classical artists for exceptional musicians at the start of their professional careers and support for young composers through special commissions.

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments:

“Music making, and the striving for artistic excellence, is never an easy path.  However, with the advent of tuition fees, and the current economic climate, many of today’s music students and young professionals face new challenges which may seriously impede their ability to progress – whether through lack of a decent instrument, or by having to think twice about vital studies.  If classical music is to have a healthy, vibrant future, then we all need to support talented young musicians.  In making these awards, the Royal Philharmonic Society recognizes this, but in doing so, we are also painfully aware that need far outstrips the small amount we can offer."

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31 July 2013


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.


The Schaller Bust of Beethoven, donated in 1871, has stood on the platform of every RPS concert since then as a symbol of excellence and support for the living composer.