Six new composers appointed to LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+

The London Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the six new composers appointed to the LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+ programmes, plus the two composers who will continue on to Phase II of LSO Soundhub.

We received a huge number of applications for the LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+ schemes; our thanks to all who applied. We are delighted to announce that the following composers will join the schemes for the 2019/20 season.


2019/20 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 18 July 2020 at LSO St Luke's. 


ClareClare Elton

Clare Elton is a composer based in London. In her recent work, Clare has been particularly drawn to sonically fragile sounds that reveal the vulnerability of human performance, as well as exploring the use of memory within music. She recently completed a composition fellowship at Guildhall School of Music & Drama after graduating with Distinction from her Masters there in 2018. Her music has been heard on BBC Radio 3 and performed by ensembles such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Plus-Minus Ensemble, and Psappha Ensemble. Clare has also collaborated with writers and choreographers on numerous projects, including a collaboration with writer Lila Palmer on a commission from the Barbican to compose a site-specific opera, performed in May 2019 as part of the Sound Unbound Festival.

Till time shall cease



RyanRyan Latimer

Ryan is a composer whose music has been performed throughout the UK, Europe and Asia by leading ensembles such as the CBSO, China National Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom he was Composer-in-Association during 2014. He was recently in residence with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sound and Music Embedded Scheme. His new work for the orchestra was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and subsequently selected for the ISCM World Music Days 2018. He has most recently been a resident composer with the collaborative dance group, Cohan Collective. Recordings of his latest compositions, Mills Mess, Moby Dick, and Chloe have been released by RMN Records, Ablaze and on NMC Recordings’ Next Wave album. Ryan is a part-time Lecturer in Music at the University of Birmingham. 



RuaidhríRuaidhrí Mannion

Ruaidhrí is an Irish composer and sonic artist specialising in combining electronic sounds with classical instruments and multimedia to create immersive and evocative live concert experiences. Recent commissions include Flux, an electroacoustic sound installation for the Greenwich Tunnel, and Mise en Abyme for the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, a multimedia creation co-authored with composer Benoit Moreau. Further commissions include music for Whitecube Gallery’s Tribunal of the Dusk installation with artist Eloise Hawser; a saxophone sextet commission for the RA’s Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined; and an interactive electroacoustic performance with the Mercury Quartet at the Tate Modern's Matisse: The Cut-Outs. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, NTS Radio, Resonance FM, Radio Télévision Suisse, BBC Radio 1 NI, BBC Radio Foyle, RCA Radio and been performed in venues such as Kings Place, the RA, Cadogan Hall, Sonic Arts Research Centre, National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern.



AnselmAnselm McDonnell

Anselm McDonnell is a composer of Irish/Welsh heritage, and has composed over 50 works for orchestra, chamber groups, choirs, soloists and electronics. Anselm has worked with ensembles including CRASH Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, BBC Singers, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, and collaboratively with individual performers. In July 2018 a collection of his choral works was awarded first prize in the third International Kastalsky Choral Writing Competition. His choral work Hinneni is available on a CD celebrating the music of Sir James MacMillan, Annunciations, and his solo guitar work Hiraeth am nefoedd is on Chris Robert’s Adra release from Tŷ Cerdd.



2019/20 LSO Jerwood Composer+ Participants

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.


Des Oliver

Des Oliver studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015 he participated in the composer-choreographer collaboration funded by the RPS Drummond Fund at Rambert Dance Company. He recently completed his doctorate in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford and is currently the curator for the Oxford Music Faculty's Sounds of South Asia Series. Oliver is also a filmmaker: his curated documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influencecommissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection, explores issues surrounding black identity with the breadth of new music produced by BAME composers across the UK.

A scene from Des' Cinematic Ballet, Black Orpheus



HollieHHollie Harding

Hollie is a composer, researcher and curator and has been Director of Production for the London Ear Festival since it began in 2013. Her most recent project Melting, Shifting, Liquid World was the first composition to incorporate the use of open-ear, bone-conduction headsets alongside live acoustic and amplified instruments to create a multi-layered sonic environment for the audience to move around and within. Hollie has worked with Alwynne Pritchard, Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band), London Philharmonic Orchestra, CHROMA ensemble, Castallian String Quartet, Ensemble Via Nova (Weimar) and DeciBells (Basel). Current projects include a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize Commission and a new participatory immersive piece for CoMA.

Trailer for Melting, Shifting, Liquid World



2019/20 LSO Soundhub Phase II Composers

Alex Ho and Sun Keting both took part in 2018/19 LSO Soundhub Phase I, and now continue on a further year, developing new work for a showcase on Saturday 15 February 2020

SunSun Keting

Sun Keting is a London-based Chinese composer and artist. Her recent composition works focus on performance arts and instrumental sound exploration combining Eastern cultural, spiritual and philosophical elements. Sun's music has been performed in the UK, Europe and Asia. She has composed music for the LSO, CHROMA Ensemble, Manson Ensemble, Tritium Trio, CoMA Ensemble, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan. In 2018, Sun curated The Scent of Sound concert featuring new music based on folk elements, cross-culture and cross-arts. She is also a composer-in-residence of Chinese Arts Now and Tangram. Sun is studying a doctorate at RAM after having completed her MMus and receiving Distinction Degree and the Pullen Memorail Prize. This year she attended the Creative Dialogue in Finland guided by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.



AlexAlex Ho

Alex Ho is a British-Chinese composer exploring diasporic narratives and identity. One of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices 2018’, he has had pieces performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Juice Ensemble, Roderick Williams and the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and Merton College, Oxford. His works have been heard on platforms including SoundState Festival, Sound Unbound, Hearing China, Chinese Arts Now, Sound Festival, nonclassical, Cheltenham Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and BBC Late Junction. Alex was recently featured on the British Music Collection's '50 Things', a series offering a ‘bold new perspective on the recent history of new music in the UK’. He is the co-director of Tangram, for whom he is writing his first stage-work for performance in November 2019 with support from Sound and Music, Help Musicians UK, Snape Maltings and Arts Council England.


Panufnik Composers Scheme

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


Jerwood Composer+ Showcases

DanielAmir2018/19 Jerwood Composers Daniel Kidane and Amir Konjani will be presenting their final concerts on Saturday 26 October and Saturday 2 November 2019. Tickets to be released soon.


LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts

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