New opportunities for early-career composers


We are delighted to announce two new opportunities for composers to work with and alongside the LSO and LSO staff, for which applications are now open:

LSO Jerwood Composer+

From September 2017
Two composers

The London Symphony Orchestra is launching a new programme for composers, LSO Jerwood Composer+, with the generous support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ will support composers in programming, planning and delivering two chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s including work of their own developed through the programme.

Composers will gain entrepreneurial skills around programming for specific audiences, planning and organising events, marketing and budgeting, gaining knowledge and practical experience in how to establish and promote themselves professionally. Guidance and expertise will be available from LSO staff and an external mentor. Composers will also access compositional workshops and masterclasses with other composers and LSO musicians, supporting the development of their own musical practice.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme, which will run from September 2017 for up to 16 months. Applications are welcome from outstanding early-career composers of any musical background who would like to gain skills to support their professional development, work with world-class orchestral musicians and contribute to the concert programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s. Applicants may not be in full time formal education or training.

Further information and application details are available on the LSO Jerwood Composer+ webpage. The closing date for applications is midday Friday 28 July 2017.

LSO Soundhub

From September 2017
Four composer Members, plus additional Associate memberships

Applications re-open for the flagship LSO Soundhub composer programme, thanks to generous funding from long-time London Symphony Orchestra supporter, Susie Thomson.

Based at LSO St Luke’s, the LSO Soundhub programme provides a flexible environment for composers to develop and showcase new work through exploration, collaboration and experimentation; and access to vital resources, state-of-the-art equipment and professional support. LSO Soundhub is a composer-led resource, responding directly to the needs of those using it.

Four new members will be offered the opportunity to undertake projects with LSO musicians or independently, membership being for one year from September 2017 initially.

Applications to join (or renew) Soundhub Associate membership are also open.

LSO Soundhub is open to UK-based composers who create music using any medium. Composers must demonstrate an active interest in, and some experience of, working with classical musicians. We are particularly interested in applications from underrepresented groups.

Further information and application details are available on the LSO Soundhub webpage. The closing date for applications is midday Friday 28 July 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Composers are welcome to apply for both programmes (if eligible), but if they are successful they will only be offered a place on one programme (to be decided by the LSO).