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


Spring 2018 Booking Now Open


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


Memorable collaborations


Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams


RAM Club Prize Winner’s Recital: Jacob Brown free

30.01.2018 火曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

RAM Club Prize Winner’s Recital

Proto-Chopin and the Polonaise free

02.02.2018 金曜日 14:30 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

This lecture-recital explores pianistic and compositional development in Chopin's early polonaises

‘A Crowd of Twisted Things’: New Works for Ensemble and Voice free

02.02.2018 金曜日 19:00, Theatre

This concert showcases a variety of approaches to songwriting from the Academy’s third-year undergraduate composers

Composers’ Project: Tritium Trio free

06.02.2018 火曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy fellows the Tritium Trio give a recital of six brand new works written especially for them by postgraduate composition students

Academy Symphonic Wind free

09.02.2018 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Keith Bragg, Head of Woodwind, presents a programme featuring new arrangements by Academy staff

British Oboe free

20.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A free lunchtime concert featuring oboe compositions by British composers

Composers’ Project: CHROMA free

22.02.2018 木曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Academy Composers free

27.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Featuring works by Academy composers

Guitar Premieres free

01.03.2018 木曜日 19:00, Theatre

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

05.03.2018 月曜日 19:00, Theatre

A concert of new works for recorder

Composers’ Project: The Hermes Experiment free

08.03.2018 木曜日 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

12.03.2018 月曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Composers’ Platform

20.03.2018 火曜日 19:00, IKLECTIK

Student composer’s works are performed at Iklectik Art Lab


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