Panufnik Composers Scheme

The Panufnik 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. Composers form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players as well as having their compositions put under the microscope by the LSO and François-Xavier Roth in a public workshop rehearsal – a major learning curve.

Apply now for 2016

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Panufnik Composers Scheme. The scheme begins in February 2016 and culminates with a public workshop in April 2017.

Applicants should be under the age of 45 and should be of British nationality, studying in the UK, or resident in the UK for at least three years. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday 13 January 2016.

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2015 scheme

We're pleased to announced that the six composers on the 2015 scheme are:
Patrick Giguere, Deborah Pritchard, Daniel Moreira, Daniel Lewis Fardon, Bethan Morgan-Williams and Ewan Campbell.

Each composer will receive tutorials from Colin Matthews (Composition Director), input from Christian Mason (Composition Support), support from LSO players, and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, enabling each composer to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills.

Participation began with a two day induction on 24 & 25 April 2015, including composer introductions, workshops with LSO players and developing public presentation skills.

The scheme culminates with a public workshop on 11 March 2016 during which the new three-minute works will be rehearsed by François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s.

Current and Previous participants

2015: Patrick Giguere, Deborah Pritchard, Daniel Moreira, Daniel Lewis Fardon, Bethan Morgan-Williams, Ewan Campbell
: Michael Cryne, Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovacytė, Alex Roth, Jack Sheen, Michael Taplin
2013: Kim Ashton, Benjamin Graves, Jae-Moon Lee, James Moriarty~, Elizabeth Ogonek*, Richard Whalley
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

*10-minute commission
~5-minute 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)

'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


Each year two composers from the years' intake are commissioned to write an additional 10-minute or 5-minute commission, to be played by the LSO at a main-stage LSO concert at the Barbican. We are proud of the pantheon of woks produced as a result of this scheme since 2007:

10-minute commissions:

Elizabeth Ogonek Sleep & Unremembrance (world premiere 13 March 2016)
Aaron Parker 51°58’N/1°19’E-300514 (world premiere 18 December 2014)
Matthew Kaner The Calligrapher's Manuscript (world premiere 19 September 2013)
Edward Nesbit Parallels (world premiere 29 November 2012)
Vlad Maistorovici Halo (world 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

5 minute commissions:
James Moriarty Windows (world premiere 6 December 2015)
Patrick Brennan Ballabile (world premiere 5 February 2015)
Alastair Putt Spiral (world premiere 12 June 2014)
Eloise Nancie Gynn Anahata (world premiere 24 March 2012)
Francisco Coll Hidd'n Blue (world premiere 15 January 2012)


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