New Composer Initiative Announced

12 Oct 2016

18-year-old Freya Ireland appointed RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, in association with the Duet Group.

As part of its commitment to providing professional development opportunities for a new generation of outstanding musical talent, the RPS has joined forces with Wigmore Hall to nurture the talents of 18-year-old Freya Ireland, recent winner of the inaugural RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composers.

As RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, in association with the Duet Group, Freya, who has just left Pate’s School in Cheltenham, will benefit from both formal and informal teaching and advice from Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence, Helen Grime. She will attend regular rehearsals and concerts, meet musicians and composers at Wigmore Hall, and assist Helen in secondary school workshops. Her apprenticeship begins with Helen Grime Day at Wigmore Hall (this Saturday – 15 October) and continues throughout Wigmore Hall’s 2016/17 season, during which time she will also write a new work. 

Rosemary Johnson, RPS Executive Director, comments: 

“The RPS Young Musicians Programme provides unparalleled opportunities for committed, talented young musicians to be mentored by and forge links with the very best in the business. This is about widening horizons, understanding music in a profound and rewarding way, and learning, each generation from the other.
At just 18, Freya is one of the youngest RPS Young Musicians. She has shown both considerable talent and impressive commitment and this was recognised by her RPS Duet Prize. We are pleased to now be able to extend our support through this new partnership with Wigmore Hall Learning programme. The RPS, with its track record of supporting composers both now, and throughout its 200 year history, is delighted to be able to play its part in helping to provide her with invigorating new musical experiences.”

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Freya Ireland
RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composers
RPS Young Musicians Programme
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12 October 2016


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