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 living composers, and they reflect the realities and challenges for today’s music creator. By providing a wide range of opportunities for performance and recording, our students are fully prepared to work as composers in a variety of creative contexts.

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

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



Emily Mould, Composition Administrator
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


Royal Academy’s Manson Ensemble releases Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with all-star cast and two world premieres


The Royal Academy of Music’s Manson Ensemble has released a recording of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale for L...


Memorable collaborations


Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams


The Art of Chaos: A Weimar Collage

15.06.2017 木曜日 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

15.06.2017 木曜日 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

16.06.2017 金曜日 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

17.06.2017 土曜日 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

17.06.2017 土曜日 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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The Academy has received this wonderful portrait of former Professor of #Composition Peter Maxwell-Davies:……
@RoyalAcadMusic • 3月 09
TONIGHT @christysnr conducts works by Composer in Residence Bent Sørensen & @RubensAskenar 7pm #freeRAM #composition

‘Our practical and hands-on approach prepares students for the realities of the profession’
Philip Cashian

Philip Cashian