Music of Today

Volume 2

Volume 2Freya Waley-Cohen Ink

Austin Leung Music From the World
Eugene Birman Adagio

Philharmonia Orchestra / Anna-Maria Helsing conductor


Three new works by emerging composers Freya Waley-Cohen, Austin Leung and Eugene Birman, participants in the Philharmonia’s 2017/18 Composers’ Academy and winners of the 2017 RPS Composition Prize (supported by the ABRSM, Britten-Pears Foundation, Delius Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation). This concert is the culminating concert in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s contemporary music series Music of Today 2017/18 season.

Under the guidance of Unsuk Chin, Artistic Director of the Music of Today series, the three composers have developed their works over their 10-month participation in the Composers’ Academy programme. They have benefited from many different seminars with leading instrumentalists, composers and conductors, including the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. They have also engaged in a series of contemporary instrument exploration sessions and a works-in-progress workshop with Philharmonia players and conductor Anna-Maria Helsing.

In addition, the programme has offered a range of industry insight sessions, and we are grateful to NMC Recordings, PRS and Schott Music for their input into the Academy programme. The three composers have also engaged in a number of events with De Montfort University’s Music Technology and Innovation Centre, as part of the Philharmonia’s strategic partnership with De Montfort University, Leicester.


Volume 1

Naxos Philharmonia Academy cover.jpgGareth Moorcraft Reflections (after Gibbons) (world premiere)
Lisa Illean Januaries (world premiere)
Donghoon Shin The Hunter's Funeral for Ensemble (world premiere)

Philharmonia Orchestra / Patrick Bailey conductor








Unsuk Chin

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Composers Academy is supported by:

Composers’ Academy partner in Leicester

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