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


Academy unveils new Finzi scholarship and bust


The Royal Academy of Music has unveiled a new specially-commissioned bust of the English composer Gerald Finzi as well as a significant new scholarship in the composer’s name


Memorable collaborations


Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams


James Newton Howard: Three Decades of Music for Hollywood

03.11.2017 金曜日 19:30, Royal Albert Hall

James Newton Howard conducts some of his greatest scores

Composers’ Platform free

16.11.2017 木曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy composers perform a programme of new works

Composer in Residence: Andrew Norman free

28.11.2017 火曜日 15:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Andrew Norman is interviewed by Paul Morley

Composer in Residence: Andrew Norman free

29.11.2017 水曜日 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: Free, no tickets required Tim Weiss conductor Programme: Matthew Olyver new work Andrew Norman Unstuck; Try; In...


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Philip Cashian

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@RoyalAcadMusic • 9月 19
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