When you’re at the top of your game, it’s all about the fine-tuning.

And competitions and masterclasses allow you to do exactly that.


Over 40 competitions take place each year at the Academy, covering most principal-study instruments and voices. The Academy’s prizes are greatly coveted and are adjudicated by distinguished visiting musicians. Many of our competitions are free for the public to attend, giving you further opportunities to perform for an audience.

Our competitions include:

  • Historical Women Composers Prize – for duos and chamber ensembles
  • Wilfrid Parry Prize – any complete Brahms sonata for strings and piano
  • Harold Craxton Prize – any complete work for piano ensemble
  • Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize – for music composed before 1828
  • Sterndale Bennett Prize – for piano music composed between 1830 and 1860
  • The Worshipful Company of Musicians Harriet Cohen Award – for keyboard works by Bach
  • Ronald William White Prize – performance of a musical theatre song with dramatic content
  • Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award – for voice and piano accompaniment
  • Pavarotti Prize – open to second-year Royal Academy Opera students
  • Strings Performance Prize Day – prizes for violin, viola, cello and double bass
  • Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize – for general excellence in clarinet playing
  • Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Prize – for any instrument or singer, by nomination
  • Alumni Network: RAM Club Prize – for an instrument or singer, by nomination

Contact the Prizes Administrator (telephone 020 7873 7308 or email prizes@ram.ac.uk) for more information.


Our students set as high a bar for us as we do for them. With that in mind, our regular masterclasses are a great way to push players to be the best that they can be.

We invite the greatest names in the industry to work closely with our students in public masterclasses. Recent events have included a flute masterclass with William Bennett, choral conducting with Simon Halsey CBE and a violin masterclass with Tasmin Little.

A world of music comes to us and we send music back out into the world.