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More Composition Success

Tuesday 11 August 2015


RCM composers are continuing to impress with their many recent achievements. 

Hunter Coblentz and Lisa Illean have both been selected for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Young Composers Programme. This programme offers emerging composers the opportunity to workshop a new piece with the orchestra's musicians across a year, leading to a public showcase of the new works at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The participants are mentored by renowned Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, the LPO's Composer in Residence.

Hunter Colbentz (pictured, left) has also recently been awarded the Second Prize in the Senior Category of the International Antonín Dvoƙák Composition Competition, along with a special prize for best free composition, and a special prize for best orchestral work. RCM composer Dani Howard came third in the Junior Category of the competition, and was also awarded the prize for best free composition among Junior participants.

In addition, Hunter has just been awarded a SOCAN Foundation Young Canadian Composer Award. The Foundation is dedicated to fostering Canadian music creation and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society.

We’re also delighted to report that RCM composer Nick Morrish Rarity (pictured, right) has been selected for Sound and Music's highly competitive Portfolio composer-in-residence opportunity, in partnership with Mu:Arts and Royal Holloway University. As a result, he will be writing a piece to be premiered at Kings Place in May 2016 as part of a two-day Noh festival.

Finally, we congratulate RCM Composition for Screen composers Christopher Schlechte-Bond and Tom Barnes, who have both been awarded scholarships by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)