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.


Emily Mould, Composition Administrator and Project Manager
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email

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

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