Composition

Composition at the Academy has an international reputation centred on intensive project-based and highly collaborative degree programmes.

 
Our cutting-edge courses are taught by distinguished and prominent composers, and they reflect the realities and challenges for today’s music creator. Academy composers have a wide range of opportunities for performance and recording, and are fully prepared to work in a variety of creative contexts.

The Academy offers Principal Study in Composition for undergraduates and postgraduates:

Composition Open Day: Please contact us to discuss making an individual appointment.
 

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme
 

Open Days
The Royal Academy of Music will not be running a Composition Open Day this year, but instead we invite you to attend any of our public classes.

Contact

Emily Mould, Composition Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email composition@ram.ac.uk

Critic to composer: read about Paul Morley’s year at the Academy in The Observer

Philip Cashian

Head of Composition: Philip Cashian

Head of Composition since 2007

Major commissions from leading orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Britten Sinfonia

Has written, performed and recorded works for chamber ensembles, opera and dance

Read Philip's blog

Latest News

Success at British Composer Awards

07.12.2016

Awards for John Webb, Tansy Davies and Simon Bainbridge

Latest Blog

Memorable collaborations

07.12.2016

Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams

Upcoming Events

Bent Sørensen in Conversation

Tuesday, 07.03.2017 15:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Internally acclaimed Danish composer Bent Sørensen is interviewed by writer and broadcaster Paul Morley

Composer in Residence: Bent Sørensen free

Thursday, 09.03.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of works by esteemed Danish composer Bent Sørensen Academy MPhil composer Rubens Askenar

Academy Composers’ Platform

Monday, 20.03.2017 19:30, The Forge

A concert of original works by composition students

The Art of Chaos: A Weimar Collage

Thursday, 15.06.2017 17:00, The Ditch

4.30pm doors and animations 5.00pm performance 6.30pm animations Premieres of works by student composers taking inspiration...

The Art of Chaos: Protest

Thursday, 15.06.2017 21:30, The Ditch

9.00pm doors and animations 9.30pm performance A late-night intimate performance of political and protest songs hosted by le...

The Art of Chaos: Composers’ Platform

Friday, 16.06.2017 19:30, The Ditch

6.45pm doors and animation 7.30pm performance 8.30pm animations  An array of diverse new works from Academy compositio...

The Art of Chaos: Vibrations free

Saturday, 17.06.2017 12:00, The Ditch

Audiences are welcome to experience Vibrations anytime between 12.00pm – 2.30pm and 4.30pm – 7.00pm; due to limited ...

The Art of Chaos: Vibrations free

Saturday, 17.06.2017 16:30, Shoreditch Town Hall

A collection of new sound installations by student composers which variously explore the rich and complex sounds of vibrating st...

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Philip Cashian

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