Panufnik Composers Scheme 2024/25

Grace Bailey

Sound and Music news
Share this page
Image credit:
Matt Jolly
Interest Areas:
Share this page

The scheme

The Panufnik Composers Scheme offers six early-career composers each year the opportunity to write for a symphony orchestra.

The scheme is guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews, with support from Christian Mason. 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 at the culmination of the scheme. Two of the compositions are then chosen to be developed further, with commissions given for five- and ten-minute works to be premiered by the Orchestra in an LSO concert at the Barbican.

Am I eligible?

The Scheme welcomes applications from composers with a diverse range of musical approaches and backgrounds who are interested in writing for full symphony orchestra, but have never had a full orchestral work performed in
concert by a professional orchestra.

We are particularly interested in applications from composers from historically under-represented groups such as minority ethnic and ethnically diverse composers, women or non-binary composers, disabled composers and composers from non-classical musical backgrounds who would like to learn to write for a classical symphony orchestra.

In addition, applicants must:
− Be aged 18 or above
− Have the right to reside in the UK, and be based in the UK for the duration of the Scheme (ending June 2025)
− Not be on another LSO composer scheme (except Soundhub Associates) and have sufficient time to dedicate to the opportunity
− Never have had a full orchestral work performed in concert by a professional symphony orchestra (previous experience working with instrumental ensembles is beneficial, but not essential)

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.

If you require support or adjustments to the application process, including receiving the application guidelines and form in an alternative format, please email Tailored on-scheme support is offered to enable all
participants to reach their full potential.

Are expenses provided?

Each composer receives a bursary of £1,000, and travel reimbursements are available to those living outside London.

Share this page
Share this page