Barbican Concerts

LSO Futures: Futureworks for young composers

Suitable for 14- to 18-year-olds

Sat 13 Apr 2013 10am to 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London






This April, the London Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating new music through LSO Futures – a week of special events at the Barbican and LSO St Luke's including premieres, workshops, artist conversations and concerts. As part of this, we’re inviting a future generation of composers, aged 14–18, to join us for a day of composition workshops and glimpses behind the scenes.

The day is inspired by the music the LSO will be performing on 13 April, including a new LSO commission – Panufnik Variations. The work, based on a theme by Andrzej Panufnik and with an opening and conclusion by Colin Matthews, features a series of variations by nine alumni of LSO Discovery's Panufnik Composers Scheme.

What the day involves

In the morning, come and watch the London Symphony Orchestra rehearsing the music for the evening's concert – including Panufnik Variations – and meet the composers who have been involved in this brand new commission. In the afternoon, you will work with the LSO’s animateur Rachel Leach and players from the LSO to develop your own composition, leading to a performance in the Barbican foyers. To round off the day, come and watch the LSO’s evening concert with friends and family, featuring Panufnik Variations and works by Webern, Boulez and Debussy.

How to book

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    1. Phil Holmes
      At the barbican for the #LSOfutures gig. Looking forward to some classical beats, if there is such a thing.
      8:42 PM Apr 13th
    2. LSO Soundhub
      RT @londonsymphony;: We'll be interviewing some of the composers involved in Futures Week. First up, @cjsmayo;: #lsofutures
      11:07 AM Apr 12th


    More Info

    Useful information

    The Young Composers’ Day is open to 14- to 18-year-olds who are interested in developing their composition skills.

    To take part in the workshops and final performance, participants will need to be confident in composing and performing using an instrument (please note that there are limited spaces available for pianists).

    There will be a one-hour lunch break, so participants should bring either a packed lunch or money to buy lunch with them.

    A full schedule and details about the day will be sent out after booking. If you have any questions in the meantime, please call Isabella Kernot, Schools Projects Manager, on 020 7382 2537 or email

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