SEVEN YOUNG COMPOSERS COMMISSIONED BY CLASSIC FM AND ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY TO WRITE NEW MUSIC FOR STATION’S 25th BIRTHDAY
Seven young composers all under the age of 25 have been chosen by a panel of judges from Classic FM and the Royal Philharmonic Society to write a new piece of classical music each to celebrate the radio station’s 25th birthday.
The Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have been created to champion Britain’s outstanding young musical talent and are part of a year of celebrations for the UK’s most popular classical music station. The RPS is one of the most important commissioners of composers since Beethoven.
Aged between 16 and 23 years old, the seven composers from London, Cambridge and Surrey were chosen from almost 200 applicants. 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 5.4 million listeners across the UK. In addition, some winners will be paired with one of the station’s events, such as its 25th Birthday Celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Classic FM Live at London’s Royal Albert Hall, both in September, where their work will be premiered.
The winners are: Alexander Woolf (21); Alexia Sloane (16); Jack Pepper (17); Benjamin Rimmer (23); Dani Howard (23); Marco Galvani (22) and Oliver Muxworthy (23).