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.


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The Philharmonic Society was founded by professional musicians in 1813 to perform publicly ‘in the most perfect manner possible, the best and most approved music'.