Philharmonia Composers' Academy

Philharmonia Composers' Academy

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The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and allied to the Orchestra's prestigious Music of Today contemporary music series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble. Their 10-minute new works are premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert. In addition to this high profile performance, the composers are guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefitting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a 'works in progress' workshop.

In 2017 a recording and release on the NMC Recordings label has been included, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.

This album features ensemble works by the three young composers in the Philharmonia Composers' Academy 2017.

Lisa Illean's Januaries evokes memories of summers spent as a child in Queensland, Australia - "of bull grass, my grandmother's choko vines and nights thick with heat and cicadas".Gareth Moorcraft's Reflections (after Gibbons) takes inspiration from the Fantasias for viola consort by English composer Orlando Gibbons. The Hunter's Funeral by Donghoon Shin, is the composer's response to a woodcut of the same name, created in 1890 by Moritz von Schwind. 

Philharmonia Orchestra
Patrick Bailey


1) Lisa Illean Januaries
Gareth Moorcraft Reflections (After Gibbons)
2) i. Lines
3) ii. Chords
4) iii. Canon 1
5) iv. Canon 2
6) v. Fantasia (Reflections)
Donghoon Shin The Hunter's Funeral
7) i
8) ii

Explore our other Philharmonia Composers' Academy releases here.



The Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy is supported by:

We are grateful to the following for their support:

The Boltini Trust, The Leche Trust, RVW Trust. 

Royal Philharmonic Society is grateful for the support of Britten-Pears Foundation, Delius Trust, Radcliffe Trust and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


All works recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 21 June 2017

Recording Producer/Engineer: JON STOKES at Classic Sound Ltd.

(P) 2017 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2017 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC DL3034
Release Date: 17 November 2017