The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme: Where are they now? Part 1

2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the very first Panufnik Composers Scheme, an initiative devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. In anticipation of LSO Futures on 9 –13 March, the Orchestra's biennial celebration of contemporary music that features previous members of the scheme, we take a look at where the first five years of Panufnik participants are now.


Larry Goves
In 2011 Larry was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Prize in composition. He currently teaches composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and is Composer-in-Residence at Royal Holloway University of London.   

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Larry is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 


Emily Hall
In 2013 Emily won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, and was an Associate Artist for the Spitalfields Summer Festival in 2015. She has recently been commissioned to write a new children's opera, Withsong, for PRS for Music Foundation's New Music Biennial in 2017's City of Culture, Hull.

Christian Mason
In July 2015, Christian's work Layers of Love was performed by the Tokyo Sinfonietta. Sympathetic Resonance, commissioned by Radio-France, received its premiere and was recorded by the Orchestre National de France in September 2015. As part of the 90th birthday celebrations for Boulez, Mason composed Open to Infinity: A Grain of Sand, which received its UK premiere at the BBC Proms in 2015, performed by the London Sinfonietta under Thierry Fischer.

Christian Mason is currently Composition Support for the Panufnik Scheme, working alongside Composition Director Colin Matthews.

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Check out Christian's work on LSO Live's Panufnik Legacies


Matthew Rogers
Matt Rogers made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, with the premiere of his opera The Virtues of Things in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Rogers is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and has been Artist-in-Residence at the Southbank Centre and Tokyo Wonder Site. 

Martin Suckling
In 2008 Martin won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, and in 2015 was awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize. He lives in Manchester and is currently a Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of York. His music is published by Faber.

Jason Yarde
Jason is an arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist. He is active in the contemporary UK urban scene. In 2008 two of his works were premiered at the BBC proms. These were an orchestral arrangement of Gershwin’s My Man’s Gone from Porgy & Bess, as well as a new work called Rhythm & Other Fascinations for the BBC Concert Orchestra and Gwilym Simcock Trio. In 2014 Jason was a jazz adjudicator for the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award.


Elspeth Brooke
Elspeth writes music for concerts and collaborates with theatre companies, choreographers and visual artists. Elspeth is the recipient of the 2012 Arts Foundation Fellowship for opera composition. She has held composer residencies with Aldeburgh Music and in Kalv and Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Emily Howard
In 2012 Emily's work System was premiered at the BBC Proms by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons. In the same year Emily created a mini-opera, Zátopek!, commissioned as part of the London Cultural Olympiad 2012, which was performed at The Southbank Centre  as part of the New Music 20x12 Weekend. In November 2015 Emily was involved in the Science Museum’s ‘Lates’ series, where her work ‘Orbits’ was performed. 

Tom Lane
Recent work includes composition and sound design for Romeo and Juliet at the Gate Theatre and Oedipus at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 2015 Dublin Theatre Festival. Tom is the inaugural recipient of the Seán Ó Riada PhD scholarship in composition for theatre at University College Cork. 

Charlie Piper
After participating in the Panufnik scheme, Charlie went on to become 2008-2010 New Music Associate at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. Awards include the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and the 2007 prize at the 13th International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn.

Evis Sammoutis
Evis is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at European University Cyprus. In November/December 2015, he held residencies and gavelectures at the University of Chicago, Bowling Green State University, Universities of Manchester and Hull as well as at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

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Listen to Evis' work on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 


Anjula Semmens
Anjula went on to study Music with John Traill and Martyn Harry at Oxford from 2007 – 2010. She has been an Associate Member of the LSO Soundhub Scheme since 2012.

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Anjula's composition Variation 9 is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 



Andrew McCormack
Andrew works as a composer and jazz pianist. Since 2007 he has played as part of Kyle Eastwood's quintet. In 2014 he formed a new trio set, ‘First Light’, and released an album of the same name.

Joshua Penduck
Since participating in the Scheme, Joshua has gone on to pursue a career as an Anglican Priest.

Matthew Sargeant
Having previously lectured at the Royal Northern College of Music, Matthew is currently the manager the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield. Matthew is based in Manchester, UK. 

Sasha Siem
In 2008 Sasha was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize, and in 2010 became one of the youngest people to win a British Composer Award. She has since pursued a career as a singer-songwriter, and in 2013 released her debut EP, So Polite. Her debut album Most of the Boys was released in 2015.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
In 2009 Ayanna was an Emerging Artist in Residence (EAR) at London’s Southbank Centre. After supporting both Natty and Roberto Fonseca on their UK tours was then nominated for her first MOBO Award in 2012. Her new work Where the clouds meet the sea was premiered by the LSO Brass Ensemble in November 2015.

Raymond Yiu
Raymond has won a number of prestigious prizes, including the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize 2010 and the chamber category of the BASCA British Composer Awards in the same year. In August 2015 his work Symphony received its world premiere at the BBC Proms, performed by the counter-tenor Andrew Watts and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner.

















Watch: Raymond discusses the Panufnik Composers Scheme



Edmund Finnis
Edmund is currently Composer-in-Association with London Contemporary Orchestra. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2012, and was Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival in New York City. He recently became a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. 

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Edmund is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 


Francisco Coll Garcia
In 2010 Francisco completed a Master's degree in composition, and has been a fellow at the Guildhall since 2011. In 2013 he wrote a new viola cocnerto, Ad marginem, for the London Sinfonietta and viola player Paul Silverthorne. His chamber opera Café Kafka was commissioned in 2014 for performances at Aldeburgh, Opera North and the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House.

Fung Lam
Fung Lam was appointed in 2013 as The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the premiere of Quintessence at their 40th Anniversary Gala Concert in June 2014. 

Vlad Maistorovici
Vlad is active as a violinist and composer. 2015 saw the premiere of his Concert Transilvan by Dmitry Sitkovetsky and New European Strings Orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, as well as the first edition of "vibrate!festival" in Brasov, Romania, an event set up by Vlad Maistorovici to explore ways of refreshing the listening experience of classical music. 

Max de Wardener
Max's recent projects include the 7th Heaven Live Score at the British Film Institute in 2015, which saw a collaboration with KT Tunstall and Mara Carlyle present a brand new BFI-commissioned score to Borzage’s classic film. Other projects include the creation of repertoire for a new album, a remix for Danish post-pop group Efterklang, an ongoing collaboration with the London-based string ensemble Elysian Quartet. 

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Max is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 


Toby Young
Toby is Composer-in-Residence with the London Oriana Choir and Reverie. Commissions have included orchestral and ensemble works for the St. Petersburg British Music Festival, the City of Oxford Sinfonia, and the London School of Economics, as well as solo pieces for the 2007 Brighton Festival, the Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts.

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Toby is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 



Nancie Eloise Gynn
In March 2014 Nancie wrote Only Breath for the choir Musarc through Sound and Music’s Portfolio Scheme. She was seleceted in February 2015 to participate in Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Composer Day, a day of workshops with Colin Matthews, and was part of the 2015 Phoenix Dance Choreographers and Composers Lab.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
Cevanne has collaborated with actor Jessica Hynes, members of Babyshambles, Manu Delago (Björk’s percussionist), electronic inventor Crewdson, MOBO award winner Zoe Rahman. She has been Composer-in-Residence at Handel House, and from 2015 she is Composer-in-Residence at Khadambi's House.

Christopher Mayo
Mayo was the 2012-13 Sound and Music 'Embedded' Composer-in-Residence with the Manchester Camerata for whom he composed three new works. From 2012-2014 he taught composition at Royal Holloway, University of London. Mayo is a winner of a SOCAN Award for Young Composers and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.

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Listen to Christopher's work Variation 4 on the Panufnik Legacies II 


Edward Nesbit
Edwards teaches 19th- and 20th-century music at Cambridge University, and is Composer-in-Residence at Queen Mary University of London. In December 2015 In to Plain Ways, which was the winner of New Music for St. Paul’s 2015, was premiered in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and his work Lifesize Gods received its London premiere at the Wigmore Hall with the Britten Sinfonia.

Dan Stern
Dan is an alumni of the 2011 St Magnus International Music Festival Composer Course, a Take 5-er – the PRSF/Jerwood scheme for jazz musicians run by Serious – and has composed for Oh Duo, the Red Note Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta. As a jazz musician he has performed or recorded with Andrew McCormack, Steve Lodder, Andy Sheppard and Tim Garland, to name a few.

Elizabeth Winters
Elizabeth's music has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Ensemble 10/10, Rarescale, The Orlando Consort, Aurora Nova and the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Elizabeth won a British Composer Award (2009, Making Music Category) for her orchestral piece The Serious Side of Madness. She has also been the recipient of a PRSF/Bliss Trust Bursary. Most recently, Elizabeth won first prize in the 2015 Orion Orchestra Composer Competition.

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Elizabeth is featured on LSO Live's new release Panufnik Legacies II 


 LSO Futures is a series of concerts, events and workshops exploring the music of composers who push the boundaries of the classical genre to its limits, taking place at the Barbican at LSO St Luke's from 9 – 13 March 2016.