Opportunities for Young Composers

31 Jan 2012

Applications for the RPS Composition Prize are now open

The RPS Composition Prize gives the chance for young composers to write a work for a prestigious professional performance. Four £3,000 commissions will be awarded.

Three of the winning composers will join the Philharmonia’s Young Composers Academy, in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, and will be commissioned to write a piece for members of the Philharmonia to be performed as part of the Music of Today Series. They will also attend regular workshops and seminars throughout the year.

The fourth winner will receive the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund commission to write a chamber work for the Cheltenham Music Festival, plus a workshop and performance of the commissioned piece.

The RPS Composition Prize is supported by the Delius Trust and the RVW Trust. The Cheltenham Festival commission is awarded by the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund which a was set up in memory of the pianist, teacher and writer after her death in January 2005.

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Brian McMaster, advocate for the arts, former director, Edinburgh International Festival: presented with RPS Honorary Membership in 2009.


In 1980 pianist extraordinaire Stephen Hough won the first RPS Julius Isserlis scholarship, enabling him to study abroad at Julliard.