Supporting composers to programme, plan and deliver their own artistic projects.
LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early-career composers in planning and delivering two artistic projects. Composers gain valuable knowledge and practical experience to develop their own opportunities and careers.
The scheme, which is supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund, recruits two composers each year to a 15-month placement. Mentored by LSO staff, they are encouraged to develop entrepreneurial skills around programming for specific audiences, planning, marketing, budgeting, fundraising and evaluation.
Composers have access to composition workshops and mentoring with other composers, industry professionals and musicians to develop their artistic practice. Through the programme they showcase work of their own, as well as works by other composers.
Who Is It For?
The programme aims to support composers from all musical backgrounds who are at an early stage in their career. We are particularly interested in applications from historically under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse composers, women or non-binary composers, disabled composers and composers from outside the classical tradition who would like to develop their experience of writing for classical musicians.
We support Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.
How to Apply
Applications are currently closed.
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Scheme Participants & Alumni
2018/19: Amir Konjani, Daniel Kidane
2017/18: Emma-Jean Thackray, Jasmin Kent Rodgman
holding, breathing, beating: Rufus Isabel Elliot
LSO Discovery Jerwood Composer+ Showcase
Saturday 13 January 2024 • 7pm
An evening of contemporary chamber music conjured through holding, caressing, pulling, beating, and hitting curated by Rufus Isabel Elliot.
LSO Panufnik Composers Workshops
Thursday 4 April 2024 • 10am
In these free public workshops, witness a pivotal point in the process of writing a new three-minute orchestral piece, as the LSO play works by the latest cohort of Panufnik composers.
The Music of Tomorrow – LSO Futures with François-Xavier Roth
Fresh. Volatile. Glittering.
Sunday 7 April 2024 • 7pm
Vivid, moreish music by Unsuk Chin and Donghoon Shin, plus beguiling works by emerging talents, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.
LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund
Header image © Kevin Leighton