Composition News

2019 Academy Honours Announced


We are delighted to announce the 2019 honours list, awarded by the Royal Academy of Music.

Hans Abrahamsen and Ryan Wigglesworth announced as new professors


Hans Abrahamsen named as the first Oliver Knussen Chair of Composition and Ryan Wigglesworth becomes Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music.

Alex Ross


It is with great sadness that the Academy announces the death of Alex Ross, double bass student, on 22 December 2018.

PhD composition student commissioned by Microsoft


Doctoral Student Phi Bui has collaborated with the tech giant to create a unique soundtrack series for their latest advertising campaign.

Autumn 2018 Booking Now Open


We are delighted to announce our autumn season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Royal Academy of Music and Edition Records announce vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield as the 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner


We are pleased to announce that Academy student, vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield has won the 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize.

Congratulations to Academy alumni at the 2018 RPS Music Awards


Academy alumni success at the RPS Music Awards.

Academy at the Proms


This year’s BBC Proms look as exciting as ever, with around 30 alumni, 13 staff and three current students featuring throughout the season.

Academy Honours Announced


We are pleased to announce the latest Honours awarded by the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London

Two Academy students awarded Arts Society Commissions


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

Spring 2018 Booking Now Open


We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music

Andrew Norman appointed new Visiting Professor of Composition


The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce Andrew Norman as our new Visiting Professor of Composition

Academy success at the 2017 British Composer Awards


We are pleased to announce the success of two Academy alumni at the 15th British Composer Awards which took place last night at the British Museum

Bent Sørensen wins 2018 Grawemeyer Award


Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Bent Sørensen, has won the prestigious University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Academy Student Achievements


Academy students win prestigious awards worldwide

Helen Grime appointed Professor of Composition


The Royal Academy of Music is delighted to announce composer Helen Grime as a new Professor of Composition.

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

Academy receives Maxwell Davies manuscript


The Royal Academy of Music has been gifted the manuscript of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s 1971 work From Stone to Thorn.

New audition centre opens in Australia


Academy opens audition centre in Australia

Academy tops conservatoire student satisfaction ranking


Academy scores highest in overall student satisfaction among UK conservatoires

Tickets to our Autumn season are on sale


Tickets to the Academy’s Autumn season are now on sale

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 ...

June at the Academy


Find out about our June highlights

Stravinsky CD reviewed


Reviews for Manson Ensemble’s Stravinsky

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...

Success at British Composer Awards


Awards for John Webb, Tansy Davies and Simon Bainbridge

2015 graduates demonstrate success


Higher Education Statistics Agency survey reports 100% in work or study

Autumn 2016 events


Tickets for Autumn events are on sale now

The Queen’s Medal for Music


Academy Professor Oliver Knussen is eleventh recipient of annual award

The Principal celebrates top rating for world-class Royal Academy of Music


HEFCE declares its strongest support for the Academy’s work

Working with Judith Weir


Gareth Walters Composition Prize event

Fellowship Awards


Announcing Fellowships for current students

2016 JazzFM Awards


Academy people celebrate success

Summer 2016 at the Academy


Announcing our Summer events schedule

2016 Honours are announced


Annual Honours recognise achievements in the music profession

Academy appoints new University of London Professors


Recognition of outstanding contributions both to the Academy and to international musical life.

Pierre Boulez, 1925–2016


Students and staff at the Royal Academy of Music were privileged to work with Pierre Boulez.

Bohemian Rhapsody at 40


Composition alumnus Charlie Piper rearranges Queen’s classic for the Academy students of the Behn Quartet

Academy composers shortlisted for BASCA British Composer Awards


Congratulations to Royal Academy of Music composers, staff and alumni who have been shortlisted for BASCA British Composer Awards.

Composer John Adams awarded Honorary Doctorate


Two days of discussion, workshops and performances culminate in University of London honour

The Evening Standard’s The 1000


Congratulations to Academy alumni and professors selected as some of the 1000 most influential people in London

Quincy Jones DMus


The Academy honours a musical legend with an Honorary Doctorate

Success at London Music Rising Star Awards


Academy alumnae Belle Chen and Espa win awards; current students Jacob Collier and Bofan Ma are Highly Commended

Composer Residencies with BBC Symphony Orchestra


PhD composition students Ryan Latimer and David Coonan have been awarded Sound and Music ‘Embedded’ residencies.

NCEM Young Composers Award 2015


Composition alumnus John Goldie-Scot awarded the NCEM Young Composers Award.

Student Fellowships 2015–16


Congratulations to all of the current students who have been awarded Fellowships to continue working at the Academy over the nex...

BBC Proms 2015 season


Many of our distinguished alumni and professors set to perform during the BBC Proms 2015 season.

Academy Manson Ensemble at Aldeburgh Festival


The Academy Manson Ensemble will travel to Aldeburgh Festival to perform in a concert celebrating the ninetieth year of Pierre Boulez.

Oliver Knussen joins the Royal Academy of Music


‘The Academy exudes a cosmopolitan confidence in tune with the global classical music business’ The Guardian The...

Open Academy Fellowships 2014-15


Julian West, Head of Open Academy, writes: As well as providing training in learning and participation skills for both underg...