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ABRSM announces new partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society

3 years ago

ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and inspire musical achievement in the next generation.

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director at the 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.’

As part of the partnership, ABRSM will support the RPS Women Conductors programme, a series of workshops providing opportunities for female musicians to develop their conducting skills at various stages in their careers – from school students to professionals. ABRSM’s support will allow the programme to continue and develop around the UK.

As one of the 14-15 year-old girls taking part in a RPS conducting workshop at Deptford Green School to mark the 100th anniversary of female suffrage observed: ‘It opens up more career pathways for us. I never thought of conducting as a realistic option.’

Lincoln Abbotts, Executive Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM said: ‘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.’

ABRSM and RPS will also work together to help provide skills and development opportunities for emerging composers. ABRSM will support and help develop the RPS New Music Programme. This will involve a pilot workshop to equip composers with the skills necessary to write for specific educational commissions. 

Rosemary Johnson explained: ‘Young composers need to be aware of the importance of dialogue between the commissioner and composer. Their ability to understand and deliver to a brief will be key as their careers as composers develop.’

Lincoln Abbotts continued: ‘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.’

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Tríona Doherty, PR and Social Media Officer
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