RPS Young Classical Writers prize
A great opportunity to set some holiday homework!
The RPS are delighted to launch a new prize encouraging young people to write about classical music and share their views.
Classical music is a doorway to new worlds. While you can plunge straight in and enjoy its wonders, sometimes a helping hand is useful to guide you on your journey. As long as people have been writing music, others have been writing words about it, illuminating how the music works, what it conjures, asking questions of it and revealing features you may not realise from listening alone. For audiences with little or no familiarity this can be vital, rousing their curiosity and urging them to listen with fresh ears.
To keep encouraging new generations to delve into classical music, we need a new generation of writers to keep giving them good reasons why. The Royal Philharmonic Society is pleased to announce a major new prize encouraging young people to write about classical music. It is presented in memory of the writer Gerald Larner who devoted his life to writing about music, in programme notes for ensembles and venues nationwide, and for many years as a critic for The Guardian and The Times. He wrote one of the definitive biographies of composer Ravel, and was also a librettist and festival director.
As well as the insight and encouragement it gives others, writing about music can be hugely invigorating in itself. Young people are often only asked to write about music in essays at school, college or university, where certain formalities can limit their expression. With this new prize, we invite you to unleash your imagination, and set out to capture in words what makes classical music so boundless, enlivening and timeless.
The prize is open to anyone living in the UK aged between 16 and 25 on 1 January 2021. You may already enjoy writing about music or have no prior experience doing so. Even if you’ve never tried before, why not give it a go?