The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of six new composers to LSO Soundhub and LSO Jerwood Composer+ programmes.
The LSO received a record number of applicants for its composer development programme, LSO Soundhub, now in its sixth year. The scheme provides a flexible space where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, with access to vital resources, equipment and professional support. Soundhub is a composer-led space, responding directly to the needs of those using it; a supportive environment for artists to try out new ideas and develop existing work.
The London Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the four new Soundhub Members for 17/18 who join the ranks of our 95 Soundhub Associates:
Yvonne is interested in writing music that combines interests in teleology and musical characters, and is often inspired by outside sources which provide initial points of departure. Recent projects include Revelation for the Kokoro ensemble and an orchestral work, Relentless Continuum (2015-16), performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. This was followed by a BBC Radio 3 broadcast on ‘Hear and Now’. In June 2017, Yvonne travelled to Toronto to work with Ensemble Atlantica on her piece Remember (2017) where it was premiered. Yvonne has just completed a year working with the LPO as a Leverhulme arts scholar, mentored by Magnus Lindberg. While on the scheme she completed Jubilate, an orchestral work that was premiered by the orchestra in St John Smith’s Square in July 2017.
Robin Haigh (b1993) is a composer from London, whose music has been performed across the UK, as well as in America and continental Europe. His pieces have been featured at Cheltenham Festival, Kings Place, and the National Opera Center in New York. His opera, The Man Who Woke Up, has been performed in London and Louisville, and his piece Zorthern for accordion and ensemble will be released on NMC Recordings in 2018. One of his main preoccupations has been writing for lesser-used instruments, including pieces for recorders, lute, and quarter-tone pianos. Robin studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal Academy of Music.
Lillie Harris graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First in July 2016, studying with Haris Kittos and winning the Elgar Memorial Prise for her final portfolio. Musical from a young age, her interest in composing grew out of learning instruments and a love of languages and creative writing. Her pieces have been performed by ensembles including Florilegium, Psappha, the RSNO, the Gaudier Ensemble, and Ensemble Recherche. Recently she received the Tenso Young Composers Award 2017, had her piece Dormientes Bestia played on BBC Radio 3 and joined WeSpoke New Music to present their ‘Living Instruments’ in Switzerland.
Nick is a composer based in London. Recent pieces have focused on sound as an expression of time, alongside exploring how sonic media can articulate the relationship between environment and culture. Nick has made work for the RPS, Sound and Music, New Dots and Inspired by Digital, with performances given by Nikel, the Philharmonia, Kokoro, Lucilin, Workers Union, BBCSO and the LCO amongst many others.
Nick is a doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Music. Prior to which, he studied at Jesus College, Oxford and at Trinity Laban, where he won the MMus Prize, and the Elias Fawcett Prize for Composition. He is a member of the professorial staff at Trinity Laban, and leads seminars at the RCM.
LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson, the Northwood Charitable Trust and Garrick Charitable Trust.
New composers for LSO Jerwood Composer+
The LSO’s new programme for composers, 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. Each composer will curate two showcase concerts in spring and autumn 2018, with details to follow.
The first cohort of composers for 2017/18 are:
Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer / producer / arranger/ instrumentalist / singer. As a recent RBMA alumni she has been described by RBMA as 'one of the UK's most exciting new jazz artists', as 'somewhere between Madlib and Ornette Coleman' by Djam La Revue, 'one to watch' by the London Evening Standard and as 'supremely talented… the sound of South London' by Sounds Of The Universe.
Her recent WALRUS EP, described by Rhythm Section as 'one of the most exciting and unique jazz records of 2016', received great underground acclaim and frequent radio play, including Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6.
Jasmin Kent Rodgman is a British-Malaysian composer and producer from London, with a focus on cross-arts collaboration and interaction.
Her work celebrates identity and social engagement. Drawing inspiration from and engaging with diverse communities, her music is explorative and plays with a sense of the narrative. Recent projects include scoring for transmedia LGBT project The Book of Gabrielle; championing the unheard voices of rural Tibet in feature film Barley Fields On The Other Side of the Mountain; Recitations for violin and loop pedal, influenced by Carnatic violin traditions; and digital arts and sports project Newmarket Kite Symphony.
LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. Click here for more information.