RPS Mini-commissions

28 Oct 2013

Winning mini-commissions by young composers, offered as part of the RPS Bicentenary celebrations, will be premiered at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Hall.

On Friday 1 November, Guildhall School composers Ella Jarman-Pinto, Ben Graves and Joshua Kaye take Berlioz's harmony as a starting point for a series of new works. Scored for a small ensemble including guitar, Berlioz's own instrument, these works will be performed at 6pm in the Barbican Hall. Read more about this concert here.

In 1841 Berlioz conducted a concert of his own works for the Philharmonic Society. This free event precedes an LSO concert which celebrates the strong relationship between Berlioz and the Society. Read more about this concert here.

On Saturday 2 November, a new piano miniature by Aled Smith, which was inspired by Messiaen's Des Canyons aux Etoiles, will be performed by Alexandra Dariescu. The premiere will take place at 6pm at the Royal Festival Hall as part of a discussion exploring Messian's musical language. Read more about this event here.

This free event precedes an LPO concert of Des Canyons aux Etoiles, which was first performed in the UK at an RPS concert in 1975. Read more about this concert here.


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


An early member of the Society, who played in our first season in 1813, was the Afro-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower (1778-1860) – the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.