UK’S MOST POPULAR CLASSICAL MUSIC STATION COMMISSIONS NEW MUSIC BY YOUNG COMPOSERS
Classic FM has teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Society to commission six brand new pieces of classical music written by composers who are no older than the station itself.
The Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions, in association with the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS), launches today, as part of a year-long celebration for the UK’s number one classical music station. Alongside twelve months of special programmes, live concerts and events, Classic FM has joined forces with the RPS, one of the most important commissioners of composers since Beethoven, to look to the future and champion Britain’s outstanding young musical talent.
Young composers from all corners of the UK who were born on or after Classic FM’s first broadcast on 7th September 1992 are welcome to apply. When the station launched, its central mission was to make classical music relevant to everyone, and this mission remains at the core of Classic FM today. Entrants will therefore need to demonstrate an ability to write accessible classical music, for varying sizes of ensemble.
Each work will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges, including Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman. From there, six individuals will be appointed as Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Composers. Each winner will be paired with one of the station’s events, including Classic FM Live at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Birthday Celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where their work will be premiered. With varying ensemble sizes, each composer will be paid for their work, which will be recorded live and broadcast on-air to Classic FM’s 5.3 million listeners throughout the UK.