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:

  • Undergraduate (BMus) Composition and Contemporary Music
  • Postgraduate (MA, MMus, Diplomas, PhD) Composition and Contemporary Music

Find out about available Open Days or contact us to discuss making an individual appointment.

View our guide to Composition and Contemporary Music 2019-20.



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

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

Upcoming Events

Composition Open Day

26 September 2019 10:00am, Duke's Hall

A day in the life of the Composition Department for prospective students.

Composer in Residence: Hans Abrahamsen

06 November - 08 November 2019,

A programme of music and interviews exploring the work of Academy Composer in Residence Hans Abrahamsen.

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