Over the last 15 years, the LSO has nurtured more than 150 young composers through our three schemes: Panufnik Composers, Soundhub, Jerwood Composer+. Supported and guided by mentors, LSO players and staff, these composers are creating the sounds of today, but what does that sound like?
Our YouTube playlist 'Sounds of today' is a collection of over 80 videos, recorded live from our venue LSO St Luke's. Each performance captured is a direct result of our composer schemes: you might be watching the world premiere of a piece written by a composer on the LSO Soundhub Scheme, or a performance of contemporary music which was specifically chosen by an LSO Jerwood Composer+ participant for the programme of their self-curated concert. Expect choreography, spoken word, evocative visuals and intriguing soundscapes.
Here are just a few highlights to give you a taster of what's in store, and you can check out the whole playlist here.
Oliver Coates feat Faye Reader (House of Absolute) Innocent Love
LSO Jerwood Composer+ participant Jasmin Kent Rodgman included this piece in a concert she curated in October 2018, an 'evening exploring movement: the body, sound and geography' where 'music [met] dance, film and electronics'. The concert featured two world premieres of works by Jasmin herself, including a new experimental dance film with live score, performed by the LSO Ensemble, and the concert’s finale CONTOUR, an expression of the female form and self-censorship.
Alex Ho Spiralling Scrolls
Alex Ho was one of four composers on Phase I of the LSO Soundhub scheme in 2018/19. In July 2019, the four composers showcased what they had been working on over the past year on the scheme in one joint concert, and Spiralling Scrolls was Alex's piece on the programme. This piece, scored for western and Chinese instruments, explores British-Chinese identity and cultural difference in the context of an ever-shrinking world, and turbulent relationships in a search for resolution.
Bethan Morgan-Williams In the Crypt
Soundhub Associates are composers who have graduated from the Soundhub scheme. They benefit from access to events at LSO St Luke’s, rehearsals and concerts, plus occasional access to space and other resources. In May 2017, some of these Associates presented new music of their own in concert, including Bethan Morgan-Williams' interactive piece for french horn and electronics, inspired by a recording session that took place in the chapel of Lancing College in 2015.
Find the full playlist on our YouTube channel now.
Find out more about the LSO's schemes for emerging composers via the links below.
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