The Panufnik Composers Scheme offers six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra.
The scheme is guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews, with support from Christian Mason and Errollyn Wallen* (*2022/23 cohort only). Together with additional tailored support, the scheme enables composers to experiment with and develop their orchestral writing skills through creating a three-minute composition over twelve months.
The resulting compositions are performed and discussed by the LSO and Principal Guest Conductor, François-Xavier Roth, in a public workshop rehearsal at the culmination of the scheme.
Two of the compositions are then chosen to be developed further, before being premiered by the Orchestra in an LSO concert at the Barbican.
Who is it for?
The scheme welcomes applications from composers with a diverse range of musical approaches and backgrounds who are interested in writing for a full symphony orchestra, but have never had a work performed in concert by a professional orchestra before.
The LSO supports 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.