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


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


Memorable collaborations


Working with John Adams, Nigel Hess and Piers Adams


Composers’ Platform

20.03.2018 火曜日 19:00, IKLECTIK

Student composer’s works are performed at Iklectik Art Lab

Composers’ Project: London Accordion Orchestra free

16.04.2018 月曜日 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of music for 40 accordions and percussion

Composers’ Project: Carte Blanche free

25.04.2018 水曜日 19:00, New Recital Hall

Free, no tickets required Academy composers present an exciting concert of their own work for mixed ensemble.


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

Philip Cashian
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