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


Violin and architecture composition premieres in Aldeburgh


PhD composition student Freya Waley-Cohen discusses her new project, which brings together music and architecture, and opens on ...


Memorable collaborations


Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams


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

Philip Cashian