In 2018 the RPS Apprentice Composer Scheme was renamed as the Rosie Johnson RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer Scheme. This is in honour of Rosie Johnson, former Executive Director of the RPS who led the charity for 20 years before stepping down earlier this summer.
As part of Wigmore Hall’s Pathways programme, we are delighted to be working with Daniel Fardon, the Rosie Johnson RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer 2018/19. The Apprentice Composer scheme, in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, is part of a trio of opportunities Wigmore Hall offers for emerging artists, alongside the Trainee Music Leader and the Royal Academy of Music / Wigmore Hall Fellowship Ensemble programmes. Across the year, the Apprentice Composer has opportunities to observe, take part in and collaborate on projects led by Wigmore Hall Learning, as well as mentorship from Wigmore Hall’s Composer in Residence, Helen Grime. On Wednesday 17 July 2019 Wigmore Hall is proud to host the world première of a newly commissioned work by Daniel Fardon, commissioned by the RPS, for the 2018/19 Fellowship Ensemble, the Bloomsbury Quartet.
“I am incredibly excited to be working with the Wigmore Hall, Royal Philharmonic Society, and Bloomsbury Quartet on the Rosie Johnson Apprentice Composer scheme for 2018/19. The collaborative and supportive nature of this invaluable year-long project is a deeply rewarding and enriching opportunity for an emerging composer, and I am very much looking forward to developing a new string quartet as a culmination of this programme.” – Daniel Fardon