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.

2018/19 Composition Prospectus
 

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 and Project Manager
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email composition@ram.ac.uk

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

Professor Philip Cashian

Head of Composition: Professor 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

Two Academy students awarded Arts Society Commissions

09.02.2018

Two Academy composition students have been commissioned to write new works by The Arts Society Greater London Area

Latest Blog

Memorable collaborations

07.12.2016

Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams

Upcoming Events

British Oboe free

Tuesday, 20.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A free lunchtime concert featuring oboe compositions by British composers

Composers’ Project: CHROMA free

Thursday, 22.02.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Award-winning ensemble CHROMA return for a concert of new works by Academy postgraduate composers

Academy Composers free

Tuesday, 27.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Featuring works by Academy composers

Guitar Premieres free

Thursday, 01.03.2018 19:00, New Recital Hall

An entire programme of premieres, including world premieres of works by Mario Ferraro and Timothy Bowers, commissioned by the Academy’s Guitar Department

Composers’ Project: Recorders free

Monday, 05.03.2018 19:00, New Recital Hall

A concert of new works for recorder

Composers’ Project: The Hermes Experiment free

Thursday, 08.03.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Gillian Clarke, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010, reads from her new collection

Composers’ Project: Violin and Piano free

Monday, 12.03.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Foyle and Huw Watkins give a recital of six new pieces for violin and piano

Composers’ Platform

Tuesday, 20.03.2018 19:00, IKLECTIK

Student composer’s works are performed at Iklectik Art Lab

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