LSO Futures: our work with today's composers

Major commissions for the repertoire, as well as nurturing the new generation of composers


Panufnik Young Composers Scheme

The LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme is an exciting initiative offering six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra.

It has been devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and is generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews, the scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills; they form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players as well as witnessing their specially composed pieces put under the microscope by the LSO and François-Xavier Roth in a public workshop rehearsal – a major learning curve.

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'My composer husband, Andrzej Panufnik, received three commissions and recorded most of his symphonic music with the LSO. He worried about how young composers could nowadays attain essential experience with highest level orchestras: this project fulfils his dream.'
Lady Camilla Panufnik

Panufnik 10 minute commissions

In addition, each year the Panufnik Young Composers Scheme offers one composer (from the previous year's intake) the chance to write a larger-scale commission for a main-stage Barbican concert and to hear it rehearsed by the LSO well in advance of its premiere, giving them valuable time to refine and rework these pieces prior to public exposure.

We are delighted to announce that the 2012 Panufnik 10-minute commission has been awarded to Aaron Parker. The date of the world premiere will be announced in due course.

The world premiere of 2011 Panufnik Composer Matthew Kaner's 10-minute commission will take place on Thursday 19 September 2013, conducted by Robin Ticciati. 

Previous Panufnik 10 minute commissions:

  • Edward Nesbit Parallels (world premiere 29 November 2012)
  • Vlad Maistorovici Halo (word premiere 13 March 2011)
  • Andrew McCormack Incentive (world premiere 10 December 2009)
  • Charlie Piper The Twittering Machine (world premiere 26 October 2008)
  • Jason Yarde All Souls Seek Joy (world premiere 28 November 2007)

Panufnik 5 minute commissions

From 2010 onwards, thanks to the generous support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, we have been offering an additional commission opportunity for one Panufnik composer each year to write a 5 minute commission for a main-stage Barbican concert.

We are delighted to announce that Patrick Brennan has been awarded the 2013 Panufnik 5' commission. 

The 2012 Panufnik 5' commission was awarded to Alastair Putt. The world premiere of his new work will take place on Thursday 12 June 2014.

Previous Panufnik 5 minute commissions:

  • Eloise Nancie Gynn Anahata (world premiere 24 March 2012)
  • Francisco Coll Hidd'n Blue (world premiere 15 January 2012)

2013 Scheme

The following six composers are writing for the Orchestra on the 2013 Panufnik Scheme:

Kim Ashton
Benjamin Graves
Jae-Moon Lee
James Moriarty
Elizabeth Ogonek
Richard Whalley

Each composer will receive tutorials from Composition Director Colin Matthews, input from Composition Support Christian Mason, support from LSO players, and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts over the year. The scheme culminates in a public workshop on Friday 7 February 2014 during which the composers' three minute works will be rehearsed by the London Symphony Orchestra with conductor François-Xavier Roth at LSO St Luke’s.

2014 Scheme

Applications for the 2014 scheme are now closed.

Once again the LSO will offer six UK-based composers the opportunity to write a new 3-minute work for the London Symphony Orchestra, which will be performed in a public workshop in June 2015.

Successful applicants are asked to be available for a two-day induction on 17 and 18 February 2014.

For more information about the scheme email

Previous participants

2012: Patrick Brennan~, Leo Chadburn, David Coonan, Bushra El-Turk, Ryan Latimer, Aaron Parker*

2011: Matthew Kaner*, Michael Langemann, Joanna Lee, Alastair Putt~, Duncan Ward, Mihyun Woo

2010: Nancie Eloise Gynn~, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Christopher Mayo, Edward Nesbit*, Dan Stern, Elizabeth Winters

2009: Edmund Finnis, Francisco Coll Garcia~, Fung Lam, Vlad Maistorovici*, Max de Wardener^, Toby Young

2008: Andrew McCormack*, Joshua Penduck, Matthew Sargeant, Sasha Siem+, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Raymond Yiu^

2007: Elspeth Brooke, Emily Howard+, Tom Lane, Charlie Piper*, Evis Sammoutis, Anjula Semmens

2006: Larry Goves, Emily Hall+, Christian Mason+^, Matthew Rogers, Martin Suckling+, Jason Yarde*+

2005 (pilot): Daniel Basford, John Douglas Templeton, Philip Venables

*Panufnik 10' commission
~Panufnik 5' commission
+UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers Commission
^LSO Artist Commission (commissioned to write a piece for a visiting artist or artists for performance in LSO concerts at the Barbican or LSO St Luke’s. Artists have included Midori, Lang Lang and the Silk Strings and Hugh Masekela)

Download the participants' biographies below.


Each year the participants are asked to document their experiences on the scheme in a blog. Read the blog at

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