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.


Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, pianist, teacher and founder of the Leeds Piano Competition: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2011.


In 1824 the Philharmonic Society paid Beethoven 50 pounds to commission his 9th Symphony.