New Music, New Ideas

Explore content from our three composer schemes. This page throws the spotlight on composers who have been a part of the LSO’s PanufnikJerwood Composer+ and Soundhub schemes. We'll be sharing blogs, playlists and music by these artists, as well as getting an insight into the work of the composers who are part of the newly released Panufnik Legacies III album.

Jerwood Composer+


The Jerwood Composer+ scheme provides composers with the freedom to explore cross-genre approaches whilst developing the skills to plan and deliver successful concerts LSO St Luke’s. We introduce you to the scheme in our latest blog.

Read our intro to the Jerwood Composer+ scheme


LSO Jerwood Composer+ participant Emma-Jean Thackray released her EP Rain Dance back in March this year and we've been enjoying her track Movementt in this sunny weather.

Watch the official video for Movementt


LSO violin player Maxine Kwok caught up with Jerwood Composer+ alumna Jasmin Kent Rodgman in an Instagram Live chat which covered challenging audiences with new music, dim sum and creativity. 

Watch on instagram

LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme


Since 2005, over 90 composers have been part of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme, which was devised in memory of the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. Discover everything about the scheme, from its conception to applications and composers' experiences in our blog.

> Read here 


Our 10th Coffee Session is a special New Music, New Ideas recording. Started in workshops as part of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme and completed in lockdown, Joe Bates’ Street Through A Window is a piece for de-tuned harp. Performed by the LSO’s Principal Harp Bryn Lewis, it is an evocation of the strange times we are living in.

> Watch the Coffee Session and hear from Bryn and Joe in this video


We are celebrating the recent release of our Panufnik Legacies III album. Conducted by François-Xavier Roth, it features music composed as part of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme by 12 composers. Immerse yourself in the album with insight from composers in this blog.

Read and listen


‘I wrote a scherzo which is subject to ‘chance’, with material which may, or may not, get played according to the performer as an individual. Performance directions like ‘play if you’re a man’, or ‘play if you have blue eyes’ divide players in the orchestral sections unnaturally.’ Read more about Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian's Marx Brothers-inspired piece A Dancing Place, which features on the recently released Panufnik Legacies III.

> Read more in her blog


'Why did a teenage boy who dreamt of being a jazz or pop musician decide to become a composer of classical music? Where did I come from and what was at the beginning?' Donghoon Shin reflects on his time on the Panufnik Composers Scheme in our next blog.

> Read Donghoon Shin’s blog


'I have always visualised music to some extent before I compose and normally aim to have an imaginative overview of the whole work in my mind before pen meets paper’ Ewan Campbell discusses his work with the Orchestra since participating in the Panufnik Composers Scheme in 2016.

> Read on and listen to his recently recorded composition

‘Interspersed with my avid listening were dance lessons and piano practice, this piece is essentially a reflection of this' Joanna Lee, who was part of the Panufnik Composers Scheme in 2011 talks about her work Brixton Briefcase, which is featured on the newly released Panufnik Legacies iii album.

> Read Joanna’s blog


Celebrating the release of the Panufnik Legacies III album, our archive recommendations this week are recordings of music commissioned by the LSO in the 1990s. We start with Andrzej Panufnik's Cello Concerto, performed by Mstislav Rostropovich. 

> Find out more and listen to the recommendations


Matthew Sergeant reflects on working with the LSO as a young composer in 2008 in this new blog. Read on and listen to his recently recorded composition on our Panufnik Legacies III release.

> Read the blog

LSO Soundhub


Archive Broadcast: Soundhub Showcase: Phase II
Curated by Soundhub composers Alex Ho and Sun Keting, this concert features new music written for LSO musicians, plus varied works by LSO Soundhub Associates.

> Watch on YouTube
> Read the digital programme notes


Our LSO Soundhub is a composer-led project, encouraging artists to explore new ideas, develop existing work and benefit from peer-to-peer networking and support. Find out all about it in our introductory blog.
> Read the blog  



Over the last 15 years, the LSO has nurtured over 150 composers through our three schemes: Panufnik Composers, Soundhub, Jerwood Composer+. Lots of this work is available on our 'Sounds of Today' playlist on YouTube.

Let us guide you through it here


Tonight we have a special quiz for our ‘New Music, New Ideas’ week... how well do you know your post-1990 music? 

> Find the quiz in our Instagram highlights 


Thank you to all the supporters who make these schemes possible: 

The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme was devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik, in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust. 

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LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts.

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LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson.