Announcing the London Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Panufnik Composers

Each year the LSO offers six emerging composers the opportunity to write for a world class symphony orchestra as part of its Panufnik Composers Scheme. The programme enables selected composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills, guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews and with workshops from LSO players. The LSO is delighted to announce that our Panufnik composers for 2019 are ...


Jjoe bates 276x300oe Bates is a composer and artistic director who works in the gaps between genres. His musical background combines classical training with time spent in rock bands, drag and electronic music. Joe’s music blends the riffs and harmonies of rock with structures and instrumentation drawn from contemporary classical music. It combines intense, still, driven riffs, drifting synth sounds and notes that fall into the gaps of the traditional Western scale. His portfolio blends scored works with self-performed pieces, often using electronics. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Filthy Lucre, an immersive, mixed genre music-night. Filthy Lucre puts on events that move from concert to gig to club night. Tied together by artistic concepts, such as cultic rituals and urban sprawl, the events are not determined by genre constraints but by a cohesive artistic vision.



Caroline Bordignon


Caroline Bordignon is a Manchester based Canadian fine artist and musician working in a variety of mediums in correlation with musical composition. She seeks to explore aspects of colour, space, time and ways in which these interrelate through visual and musical expression. Caroline is a PhD Candidate at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Adam Gorb and Laura Bowler. Previously she completed her Masters of Music in Composition at the RNCM under Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Fine Art at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.



JaWEBCROP CHANmes Chan is a Hong Kong-born composer currently based in Manchester. Since 2011 he has been educated in the UK, and is now studying on the prestigious 'joint-course' at the Royal Northern College of Music (under Gary Carpenter) and the University of Manchester. His music inhabits a delicate and fragile sound world, and often draws on other art forms, with a particular penchant for the writings of Virginia Woolf. In 2016 he was announced as a winner in the senior category of the BBC Inspire Young Composers' Competition. Since then his music has been performed by a number of ensembles including the Aurora Orchestra and the NYCGB Fellowship Octet (2016-17).




NWEBCROP CRUTTinfea Cruttwell-Reade is a composer and cellist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the last five years she has collaborated with a range of artists on the East Coast of the United States, while pursuing doctoral studies at Princeton University. Composing for old, new, and damaged musical instruments, her past projects have encompassed works for viols and theorbo, the Trinidadian steel pan, string and percussion quartets, a homemade glass harmonica and a fire-damaged piano. Recent commissions include Table Talk – a large ensemble brass work for the Tanglewood Music Festival – and three chamber works for the UK’s Lichfield Music Festival, where she was composer-in-residence during the summer of 2018.



Louise Drewett


Louise Drewett is a British composer. She co-directs Singhealthy, an organisation that runs community choirs in Berkshire, and writes many pieces for their repertoire. Since 2012, Louise has collaborated with theatre company Arbonauts, most recently for productions at Inside Out Dorset and Latitude festivals. She also collaborates with poet Clare Shaw, including writing a song for The Children’s Society’s ‘Christingle 50’ celebrations.

Louise is currently studying towards a composition PhD with Philip Cashian, on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. She gained an MMus with Distinction at the same institution, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Vaughan Williams Bursary from the RVW Trust, and was awarded the 2018 Charles Lucas Composition Prize.




Jonathan Woolgar


Jonathan Woolgar draws from a wide range of musical experience to create work that is communicative without compromise. His music has been performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Basilica San Marco by ensembles such as Manchester Camerata and Aurora Orchestra, as well as broadcast on Radio 3. In 2010 Jonathan won the Proms Young Composers' Competition. Since then he has been Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Musical Society and Eton College, while recent projects include premieres in Yerevan and Budapest. Currently based near London, Jonathan originally hails from Pontefract in West Yorkshire. After attending Chetham’s School of Music from 2008-2010, he read music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he studied composition with Giles Swayne, before going on to study with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently studying for a PhD with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.




The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme is generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

You can watch LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth workshop pieces by the 2018 composers with the LSO on Monday 25 March at LSO St Luke's. Click here to find out more.