LSO Futures: our work with today's composers

Major commissions for the repertoire, as well as nurturing the new generation of composers


Panufnik Young Composers Scheme

The LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme is an exciting initiative offering six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra.

It has been devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and is generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews, the scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills; they form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players as well as witnessing their specially composed pieces put under the microscope by the LSO and François-Xavier Roth in a public workshop rehearsal – a major learning curve.

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'My composer husband, Andrzej Panufnik, received three commissions and recorded most of his symphonic music with the LSO. He worried about how young composers could nowadays attain essential experience with highest level orchestras: this project fulfils his dream.'
Lady Camilla Panufnik

Panufnik 10 minute commissions

In addition, each year the Panufnik Young Composers Scheme offers one composer (from the previous year's intake) the chance to write a larger-scale commission for a main-stage Barbican concert and to hear it rehearsed by the LSO well in advance of its premiere, giving them valuable time to refine and rework these pieces prior to public exposure.

Panufnik 10 minute commissions:

  • Elizabeth Ogonek title TBC (world premiere TBC)
  • Aaron Parker Interior (world premiere TBC)
  • Matthew Kaner The Calligrapher's Manuscript (world premiere 19 September 2013)
  • Edward Nesbit Parallels (world premiere 29 November 2012)
  • Vlad Maistorovici Halo (word premiere 13 March 2011)
  • Andrew McCormack Incentive (world premiere 10 December 2009)
  • Charlie Piper The Twittering Machine (world premiere 26 October 2008)
  • Jason Yarde All Souls Seek Joy (world premiere 28 November 2007)

Panufnik 5 minute commissions

From 2010 onwards, thanks to the generous support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, we have been offering an additional commission opportunity for one Panufnik composer each year to write a 5 minute commission for a main-stage Barbican concert.

Patrick Brennan was awarded the 2013 Panufnik 5' commission. 

Previous Panufnik 5 minute commissions:

  • James Moriaty title TBC (world premiere TBC)
  • Patrick Brennan title TBC (world premire TBC)
  • Alastair Putt Spiral (world premiere 12 June 2014)
  • Eloise Nancie Gynn Anahata (world premiere 24 March 2012)
  • Francisco Coll Hidd'n Blue (world premiere 15 January 2012)

2015 Scheme

The six composers on the 2015 scheme are: 

Patrick Giguere, Deborah Pritchard, Daniel Moreira, Daniel Lewis Fardon, Bethan Morgan-Williams and Ewan Campbell

Each composer will receive tutorials from Colin Matthews (Composition Director), input from Christian Mason (Composition Support), support from LSO players, and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, enabling each composer to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills.

Participation will begin with a two day induction on 24 & 25 April 2015, including composer introductions, workshops with LSO players and developing public presentation skills.

The scheme culminates with a public workshop on 11 March 2016 during which the new three-minute works will be rehearsed by François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s.

2014 Scheme

The six composers on the 2014 scheme are:
Michael Cryne, Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovackytė, Alex Roth, Jack Sheen and Michael Taplin 

The composers are working on their 3-minute works for the London Symphony Orchestra, which will be performed in a public workshop on 5 June 2015.

Previous participants

2013: Kim Ashton, Benjamin Graves, Jae-Moon Lee, James Moriarty~, Elizabeth Ogonek*, Richard Whalley

2012: Patrick Brennan~, Leo Chadburn, David Coonan, Bushra El-Turk, Ryan Latimer, Aaron Parker*

2011: Matthew Kaner*, Michael Langemann, Joanna Lee, Alastair Putt~, Duncan Ward, Mihyun Woo

2010: Nancie Eloise Gynn~, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Christopher Mayo, Edward Nesbit*, Dan Stern, Elizabeth Winters

2009: Edmund Finnis, Francisco Coll Garcia~, Fung Lam, Vlad Maistorovici*, Max de Wardener^, Toby Young

2008: Andrew McCormack*, Joshua Penduck, Matthew Sargeant, Sasha Siem+, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Raymond Yiu^

2007: Elspeth Brooke, Emily Howard+, Tom Lane, Charlie Piper*, Evis Sammoutis, Anjula Semmens

2006: Larry Goves, Emily Hall+, Christian Mason+^, Matthew Rogers, Martin Suckling+, Jason Yarde*+

2005 (pilot): Daniel Basford, John Douglas Templeton, Philip Venables

*Panufnik 10' commission
~Panufnik 5' commission
+UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers Commission
^LSO Artist Commission (commissioned to write a piece for a visiting artist or artists for performance in LSO concerts at the Barbican or LSO St Luke’s. Artists have included Midori, Lang Lang and the Silk Strings and Hugh Masekela)

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