Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Commissions

classic fm 25th commissions

Throughout 2017, we’re celebrating Classic FM’s 25th birthday with a series of special concerts and events. And to mark a quarter of a century of playing nothing but the very best classical music, we’re looking to the future, and some of the outstanding musical talent right across the UK.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Society to commission six brand-new pieces of classical music, written by composers who are no older than Classic FM itself. 

So, if you were born on, or after 7th September 1992, and are from, or studying in the UK, we’d like YOU to get in touch with an example of your compositional work, preferably a recorded performance and accompanying score. The successful composers will have borne in mind the fact that one in ten adults in the UK listens to Classic FM every week, and will demonstrate an ability to write accessible classical music, for varying sizes of ensemble.

Entrants’ work will be considered by an eminent panel of judges, including Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, with six individuals then appointed as Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Composers

Each composer will be allocated an event at which their piece will be premiered. These events include The Welsh Proms and Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. With varying ensemble sizes, each composer will be paid professional rates for their work, which will be recorded live and broadcast to Classic FM’s 5.3 million listeners throughout the UK.


How to Apply

Entries have now closed. We will be announcing the six winners in due course.

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