RPS-Duet Prize Winners Announced

05 May 2016

Freya Ireland and Sheku Kanneh-Mason announced as winners of the inaugural RPS-Duet Prizes for Young Composers and Instrumentalists.

From the exceptional shortlists of young performers and composers, which revealed an invigorating array of talent in schools across the UK, 18-year-old composer Freya Ireland and 16-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason were chosen as the winners of the RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composer, and the RPS-Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalist. Each wins £1,500 to assist with their development and a public recital/performance at a national music festival.

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

“There is always something special about listening to very young musicians. The RPS is pleased to team up with the Duet Group to celebrate school-aged talent and build links between the profession and young musicians. Sheku and Freya shone out from incredibly strong shortlists, all of whom demonstrate how talent that is nurtured and supported can flourish, and the vital importance of high quality music education. Many congratulations to Sheku and Freya; we look forward to watching your musical development in the months and years to come."

The biennial RPS-Duet Prizes are for outstanding young musicians aged under-18, who study at a mainstream school (not a music specialist school). They are part of ‘Ensemble Philharmonic’, a partnership between the RPS and the Duet Group to build links between exceptional young musicians and secondary music departments, and the music profession. The Duet Group is the leading organisation for leasing and maintaining musical instruments in schools, conservatoires and universities.

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Freya Ireland
Sheku Kanneh-Mason
RPS-Duet Prizes for Young Musicians

5 May 2016