Royal Philharmonic Society

The RPS gives emerging composers the chance to write a work for a prestigious professional performance.

WHAT DOES THE RPS OFFER?

Winning composers will each receive a commission of either £3,000 or £1,000, and a professional performance. In 2018 the following prizes will be offered:

  • Three composers will be offered the opportunity to join the Philharmonia/RPS Composers Academy led by Unsuk Chin, and take part in a range of seminars and workshops throughout the year, culminating in a £3,000 commission to be performed by members of the orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • One £3,000 chamber commission for the Cheltenham Music Festival, supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers’ Fund set up in memory of the pianist, teacher and writer.
  • One £1,000 solo piece for the Presteigne Festival.

Commissions are subject to change. Other commissions may also be available.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

In order to be eligible to enter the RPS Composition Prize, you must meet one of the following criteria:

1) You are either currently a student at a UK university/conservatoire studying towards a first degree or a master’s degree (not a PhD)

OR

2) You have completed a first degree or master’s degree (not a PhD) at a UK university/conservatoire since 30 March 2009

You are asked to submit a portfolio of three compositions plus a MP3 recording of at least one of the works, together with proof that you fulfill the above criteria regarding your undergraduate/master’s degree at a UK university or conservatoire.

Scores and the list of performances will be given to the jury anonymously. Each score and the list of performances must have your name removed/masked.

There is a £20 application fee (free to RPS Members)

For full information please visit : www.philharmonicsociety.uk/composers

The deadline for applications is 30th March 2018.