Works by RPS Composers Premiered

18 Jun 2012

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today Series and the Cheltenham Festival present new works commissioned by the RPS.

Just weeks before the winners of the 2012 RPS Composition Prize are announced, a Music of Today concert premieres music by last year’s winners. The culminating concert of the Music of Today series will take place on Thursday 28 June at the Royal Festival Hall. New works from Stef Conner, Phil Dawson and David Curington, who all received the RPS Composition Prize in 2011, will be performed under the baton of British composer-conductor David Robert Coleman. Over the course of the year they have worked closely with musicians, composers and Unsuk Chin, the Artistic Director of the Music of Today series. Find out more about this concert.

On Thursday 5 July, a work commissioned jointly by the RPS and the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund receives its premiere at the Cheltenham Festival, with which the RPS has been closely associated for several years. ‘The Dordrecht Humaphone’ by Finnish composer Lauri Supponen (pictured here) is one of four world premieres in a programme of contemporary choral riches performed by the BBC Singers. The programme also features birthday tributes to Hugh Wood at 80 and Judith Bingham at 60, and a new Mass by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Find out more about this concert.


Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, legendary mezzo-soprano: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 1987 and the RPS Gold Medal in 1990


Before there were traffic lights: coachmen delivering audience members to Philharmonic Society concerts at the Harmonic Institution were asked to ‘set down and take up with their horses’ heads facing Piccadilly’.