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Classic FM launches 25th birthday commissions in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society


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 partnership 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.


Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, said: "The Royal Philharmonic Society is one of the UK's most important commissioners of music, with an unparalleled track record of supporting composers – from commissioning Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to supporting the brightest talent from a new generation. We are hugely excited to celebrate Classic FM’s quarter century with a project which has such deep roots in the Society and its history and also allows Classic FM listeners and audiences at live events right across the country to hear the diverse, rich music of today’s young composers.”


Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating a range of young composers this year, none of whom were born when Classic FM began broadcasting back in 1992. Just under half a million under-25-year-olds now listen to Classic FM each week – and this exciting new initiative with the Royal Philharmonic Society will help us to showcase a wealth of young musical talent in this country.”


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