Six new composers appointed to LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of six new composers to its LSO Soundhub and LSO Jerwood Composer+ programmes, and two composers who continue onto the next phase of LSO Soundhub.

The LSO had a huge number of applications for the LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+ schemes. Thank you to all those who applied. We are pleased to announce that the following composers will join the schemes for the 2018/19 season.


2018/19 LSO Soundhub Phase I Composers

LSO Soundhub is a composer-led resource, responding directly to the needs of those using it: a supportive framework for artists to try out new ideas, develop existing work and benefit from peer-to-peer networking and support.
The programme is open to UK-based composers and builds on the LSO’s ongoing investment in emerging talent. These four will showcase the work they develop through the scheme in a concert on Saturday 20 July at LSO St Luke's.

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Alex Ho

Alex is a British-Chinese composer who focuses on intersections between Chinese and Western cultures, and is particularly interested in exploring and interrogating diasporic narratives. One of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices 2018’, he has had compositions performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Juice Ensemble and Roderick Williams, and was awarded joint-winner of the Philip Bates Composition Competition in 2016. Alex studied music at Oxford University, graduating with first-class honours in 2016. He then completed a composition master’s at Cambridge University under former Panufnik composer Christian Mason with the Arthur Bliss Prize for his portfolio attaining the highest mark across the university. 




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Jamie Man’s work as composer and conductor is an exploration through music into the poetic mystery of the human existence. Her first opera PLAY: Episodes in Subspace, commissioned by the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), was created specifically for concert hall staging and premiered in 2016. Jamie was Assistant Conductor to Oliver Knussen in 2010 and later De Nationale Opera (Amsterdam) for Claude Vivier's Kopernikus. Highlights of her conducting work include re-invitations to the Aldeburgh Music festival, the UK premiere of Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles and The Transmigration of Morton F. for La Monnaie (Brussels) in collaboration with Holland Festival.


Excerpts from PLAY: Episodes in Subspace



Donal Sarsfield New York 400x480pxDonal Sarsfield

Donal Sarsfield was born in county Mayo, Ireland. As a composer he primarily records, transforms and organises sounds. His achieved his PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Manchester, which involved composing a series of pieces focusing on one particular sound source, be that the sound of clapping, doors, or snare drums. His work has been performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, Scottish Ensemble, Crash Ensemble and at various festivals such as The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Sonorities Belfast and ISCM World Music Days. His recent work focuses on stimulating a perceptual link between the listener, the work and the world in which we live.




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Keting Sun is a London-based Chinese composer. Her recent works focus on instrumental sound exploration combining cultural and philosophical elements. She has composed music for ensembles including the CHROMA Ensemble, Tritium Trio, The CoMA Ensemble, The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan. She has recently collaborated on projects with The Wellcome Collection, The Bristol School of Animation and Leeds Lieder Festival as well as established artists such as Paul Morley, Huw Watkins, Liam Byrne and Michael Foyle. Keting is beginning a doctorate at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MMus degree in 2018 and received the Pullen Memorial Prize.





LSO Jerwood Composer+ 2018/19

Now in its second year, LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme. Amir and Daniel will present their first concerts at LSO St Luke's in Spring 2019. 

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Amir Konjani is a composer, performance artist and situation maker. His works have won many awards including an Oscar in the 90th Academy Awards 2018 for the Silent Child movie and he is a 2018 BAFTA Crew participant. Amir has written for the BBC, British Museum, Royal Air Force Museum, Ether Festival, Northwest festival and CalArts, and his works have been performed at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has collaborated with artists including Clark Rundell, Grammy-nominated pianist Vicki Ray, Ahmad Shamlou, Peter Manning (ROH), Gregory Rose, Anne LeBaron, and Sioned Williams (BBCSO).
He was also nominated for two Gold medals in composition and has been awarded a full scholarship to study for a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music. Amir has invented a new method of composition called 'shadowing' and ‘tube-spacialisation’, where music is made with tubes and springs. He is also a composition tutor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance.


Excerpts from Amir's work to date




Daniel Kidane 400x480pxDaniel Kidane

Former Panufnik composer Daniel Kidane’s music has been performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, described by the Financial Times as ‘quietly impressive’ and by The Times as ‘tautly constructed’ and ’vibrantly imagined’. Recent projects include the premiere of his orchestral work Zulu by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra a new work for the CBSO Youth Orchestra, inspired by Grime music; a chamber work for the Cheltenham Festival which draws inspiration from Jungle music; a song cycle commissioned by Leeds Lieder, and a piece for the Chineke! Orchestra, premiered at the reopening of Queen Elizabeth Hall. Daniel is a passionate advocate of inclusion and has featured as guest speaker at BBC Radio 3’s industry conference exploring the need for greater diversity in classical music.



 Daniel's piece Pulsing



2018/19 LSO Soundhub Phase II Composers

Lillie Harris and Robin Haigh both took part in 2017/18 LSO Soundhub Phase I, and now continue on a further year, developing new work for a showcase on Saturday 9 February 2019

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Lillie graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016, winning the Elgar Memorial Prize for her final portfolio. Musical from a young age, her interest in composing grew out of learning various instruments, a flair for languages, and a love of creative writing; words, narrative ideas, and complex emotions are still a huge source of musical inspiration for her.

Her pieces have been workshopped and performed by ensembles including Psappha, the Gaudier Ensemble, and Ensemble Recherche, and in 2015-16 she was selected for the first RSNO Composers Hub, from which her orchestral work ‘remiscipate’ was chosen to be performed in their Season Finale concerts. She was awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award 2017 for her song cycle setting poems by August Stramm, and alongside LSO Soundhub (Phase I) she took part in the LPO's 2017/18 Leverhulme Young Composers Programme.




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Robin Haigh is a composer from London. In 2017, he became one of the youngest ever recipients of a British Composer Award for his recorder quintet, In Feyre Foreste, at the age of 24. Forthcoming projects include pieces for the Ligeti Quartet, the Berkeley Ensemble, The Hermes Experiment, and Festival Stradella. He was recently composer-in-residence for the Sage Gateshead’s Young Sinfonia. His 2014 opera, The Man Who Woke Up, has received multiple international performances, and will be staged in a revised version in Chicago in 2019. Robin was recently selected for the PRS Accelerate scheme, and was previously a member of Sound and Music’s Next Wave 2. Later this year he will begin a PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Martin Suckling, supported by a WRoCAH studentship.




The LSO will be recruiting for the Panufnik Composers Scheme open in Autumn 2019. Click here to sign up to our composer e-news and be notified when applications open. 

2017/18 Jerwood Composers Emma-Jean Thackray and Jasmin Kent Rodgman will be presenting their final concerts on Saturday 6 October and Saturday 24 November. Tickets on sale now. 

LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Jerwood Charitable Foundati