Composers' Academy

The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, and allied to the Orchestra’s prestigious Music of Today concert series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented young composers to write an original chamber work.

The 2015/16 composers, selected by an extremely competitive adjudication process, are Desmond Clarke, Patrick John Jones and Michael Taplin. Their 10-minute new works will each be performed by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall at 6pm on Thursday 23 June 2016, prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert.

In addition to this high-profile performance, the project also allows the composers to be guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, and benefit from seminars, masterclasses, and a ‘works in progress’ workshop.


The Philharmonia Orchestra Composers' Academy is supported by PRS for Music Foundation:

We are also grateful to the following for their support:                                                                             


  • The Garrick Charitable Trust
  • The Leche Trust