LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme: 2014 scheme commissions announced

The LSO is delighted to announce the names of the two composers taking part in the 2014 Panufnik Composers Scheme who have received five and ten minute commissions for performance in the LSO's 2016/17 season...

Each year since 2009 the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme (established in 2005) has commissioned two of its six participating composers to create five and ten minute works for inclusion in the LSO’s main Barbican season. These commissions are intended to support emerging composers at a critical stage in their careers, providing them with the time, resources and support to develop their musical ideas and orchestral writing. Following the 2014 scheme workshop on 5 June 2015 the LSO is delighted to announce the names of the two composers who will be receiving this year’s commissions for performance in the 2016/17 season.

Jack Sheen
(1993) receives this year’s ten minute Panufnik commission. At the workshop he demonstrated a clear and unique compositional vision with his piece Lung, a lucidly scored work in which an initial fleeting orchestral statement was expanded and developed over the course of three increasingly elaborated repetitions. On being part of the Panufnik Scheme Jack has said:

'The scheme has provided me with an incredible opportunity to assess my music within the extremely rare and complex setting of an orchestra. To be given the chance to expand on the ideas I had during the workshop in this ten minute commission is a privilege and something I will thoroughly enjoy working on over the comings months.'

Michael Taplin
 (1991) receives this year’s five minute Panufnik commission. He displayed a distinctive compositional voice at the workshop with his enticing work (K)NOT in which a harmonically rich and exceptionally detailed orchestral texture gradually unravelled from a single subdued chord. On receiving the commission Michael has said: 

'I am delighted and thrilled to receive this year’s five minute Panufnik commission. It has been a privilege and a great learning experience to spend time with such a brilliant orchestra as the LSO over the past year and a half and I look forward with much excitement to continuing the relationship with this commission.'

Both works will be publicly workshopped alongside three minute works by current Panufnik composers Patrick Giguere, Deborah Pritchard, Daniel Moreira, Daniel-Lewis Fardon, Bethan Morgan-Williams and Ewan Campbell on 11 March 2016 by the LSO and Francois Xavier-Roth.

New Panufnik Legacies CD

Following the success of the first Panufnik Legacies CD released in 2013 a second has been lined up for release on the orchestra’s record label LSO Live for April 2016. Panufnik Legacies II will feature works composed for the orchestra by previous scheme participants including: Matthew Kaner, Elizabeth Ogonek, James Moriarty, Bushra El-Turk, Aaron Parker, Duncan Ward, Leo Chadburn, Alastair Putt and Kim Ashton.

click the image to find out more details about the first Panufnik Legacies CD and listen to sample tracks

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

The Panufnik Legacies was generously supported by The Boltini Trust and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.