Panufnik Composers Scheme: 2016 commissions announced

The LSO is delighted to announce the names of the two composers taking part in the 2016 Panufnik Composers Scheme who have received five and ten minute commissions for performance in the LSO's 2017/18 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 2016 scheme workshop on 20 April 2017 the LSO is delighted to announce the names of the two composers who will be receiving this year’s commissions for performance in the 2017/18 season.

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Donghoon Shin (1983) receives this year’s ten-minute Panufnik commission. His piece In This Valley of Dying Stars was performed at the workshop in April, and it is this work that he will expand for his commission. The 'Dying Stars' likens the light emitted from a dying star to the candles that are lit every week in Seoul to protest against the former president of South Korea and her fight against impeachment for corruption.

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Liam Mattison (1990) receives this year’s five-minute Panufnik commission. For the workshop in April Liam submitted David, His Wife and Jasper, a piece based on the characters in Andrew Kaufman's short story, The Tiny Wife, in which during a chain of surprising consequences the narrator's wife Stacey finds herself shrinking. Like the story, Liam's work is full of humour and frustration, and startling in its intensity.

Both new works will be publicly workshopped in 2018 alongside three-minute works by the 2017 Panufnik composers James Hoyle, Grace-Evangeline Mason, Sophya Polevaya, Emma Wilde, Alexander Woolf and Han Xu.

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

Photos: Kevin Leighton