LSO Jerwood Composer+

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is a new programme that supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Two composers are accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme each year for a 16-month placement with the LSO. The composers are given the opportunity to programme, plan and deliver two concerts at the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, enabling them to showcase new music by both themselves and other composers whilst gaining entrepreneurial skills through mentoring from key LSO staff. These concerts make a substantial contribution to the diversity of the music programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s.

The programme provides:

  • the opportunity to plan and deliver showcase concerts at LSO St Luke’s, giving participating composers creative freedom to explore classical and/or cross-genre collaborations and unconventional concert formats and timings to appeal to target audiences
  • support in developing showcase concerts through a bespoke programme of mentoring from key LSO staff, to build skills and experience in programming, event planning, budgeting, marketing, fundraising and evaluation
  • access to LSO composition workshops and masterclasses with established composers and LSO musicians
  • access to the facilities at LSO St Luke’s
  • mentoring from an established external music sector professional, such as a composition teacher, festival promoter, or media specialist
  • A £4,000 bursary and reasonable travel expenses for those living outside of London
  • A total fixed budget per composer of £10,000 for both events, managed by the LSO

Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2018/19 scheme.
Click here to download the application guidelines 


The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 18 July


  • Candidates must be UK-based - British, studying in the UK (part time only) or resident in the UK for at least three years at the point of application.
  • Applicants must be able to dedicate an average of at least one day per week throughout the 16-month scheme.
  • Composers may not be in fulltime formal education or training due to the time commitment required.
  • The programme is aimed at early-career composers from all musical backgrounds
  • We are looking to support composers with limited experience to date in event management / production
  • It is possible to apply to LSO Jerwood Composer+ and LSO Soundhub, if eligible, but if selected you may only participate in one programme, at LSO’s discretion.
  • LSO composer scheme alumni (e.g. Panufnik or Soundhub Members) may apply provided that they are not currently on an LSO scheme. Please bear in mind that the adjudication panel will take into account previous LSO opportunities that composers may have had.


2017/18 composers

Emma-Jean Thackray and Jasmin Kent Rodgman were selected to take part in the first season of this programme. Read more about their appointment and biographies in this news story.

Emma-Jean and Jasmin worked on their events throughout Spring 2018 and presented the results at LSO St Luke's in March and April. See right for more details on their concerts. They will present their second and final concerts on Saturday 6 October and Saturday 24 November 2018. 

Emma-Jean Thackray and Jasmin Kent Rodgman

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation


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Jerwood Composer+ Events

Saturday 17 March 2018 3pm
HUH: Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Jasmin curated a free concert that looked at the leading women behind words and music, set within an immersive art installation and part of Barbican OpenFest.

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Saturday 28 April 2018 8.30pm
South London Jazz x LSO: Emma-Jean Thackray

Emma-Jean connected her worlds of jazz and classical music by bringing together jazz artists from south London with the LSO to blur boundaries and break down beats.

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