LPO Young Composers Programme 2024/25

Ella Fradgley

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra is now inviting applications for the LPO Young Composers programme 2024/25.

Deadline for applications: 11.59pm, Friday 8 March 2024.


The LPO Young Composers programme is open to any composer who meets the eligibility criteria. Composers need to:

  • Be over 18 years of age and not in full-time education
  • Compose at post-graduate level or beyond, or at an equivalent standard
  • Be able to attend London-based dates on the scheme (c.10-12 dates over the year) and have the time to dedicate to the opportunity
  • Be unpublished by a major publisher
  • Have not had a work performed by a professional symphonic orchestra in concert (unless as part of an emerging composer programme or scheme)

We are particularly interested in applications from composers from historically under-represented groups such as black, Asian or minority ethnic composers, women composers and disabled composers.


To apply for the 24/25 LPO Young Composers programme, applicants need to fill out the online application form on the LPO Young Composers webpage.  If an online form is not accessible, please contact Lowri Davies on youngcomposers@lpo.org.uk or 020 7840 4203 to discuss alternatives.

Details about the form and the materials applicants need to provide can be found in our Application Guidance document, available to download on our website.


The LPO Young Composers programme aims to find and support the progression of the orchestral composers of the future.

Our Composer-in-Residence for 24/25 – award winning Cuban American composer Tania León, will mentor the Young Composers for the season. Young Composers spend a season with the LPO, each creating a new 8-minute work for chamber orchestra that is performed by Foyle Future Firsts musicians and LPO players at a showcase concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

Along the way, Young Composers workshop their ideas, explore orchestral instruments, attend LPO concerts and rehearsals, meet industry professionals and build their networks and wider skills.

Throughout the year we also offer wider opportunities to deepen the Young Composers’ engagement with the Orchestra. These include:

  • Opportunity for an exploratory ‘Composer Lab’ session with LPO players
  • Opportunities to engage with professional composers working with the Orchestra, members of the Foyle Future Firsts scheme and, where possible, the LPO’s wider Education and Community programme
  • Professional development in areas relevant to professional composers (e.g. communication, music publishing, music administration)

If you have any questions about the programme or process, contact youngcomposers@lpo.org.uk or call 020 7840 4203.


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