ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society announce partnership

Women conducting workshop

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership which will provide skills and development opportunities for emerging composers.

The two organisations are combining their talents to, ‘help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and inspire musical achievement in the next generation.’

ABRSM will support the RPS Women Conductors programme – a series of workshops which provide opportunities for female musicians to develop their conducting skills.

It will also support and help develop the RPS New Music Programme, creating a pilot workshop to equip composers with the skills necessary to write for specific educational commissions.

Rosemary Johnson, executive director at RPS, said: ‘If we want to hear excellent performers and exciting new music, it is vital that we give young musicians the right support at the right time while they are developing.

‘This partnership with ABRSM means we will combine strengths to reach more talented young musicians learning in schools and music hubs and starting out on their professional careers.’

Lincoln Abbotts, executive director of strategic development at ABRSM added: ‘This is a strategic partnership to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and in turn inspire musical achievement in the next generation.

‘The RPS Women Conductors programme addresses the current gender imbalance in music leadership roles. The programme aims to prepare women with the training and confidence needed to lead musical ensembles. In turn, these women conductors will become the role models who younger women will wish to emulate.

‘As a commissioner and publisher of music, ABRSM values skilled composers and recognises the challenges of building a career in composition. This partnership is about giving real world experience to the next generation.’

Image: RPS/Wellington College.