Two composers have been selected to take part in London Symphony Orchestra’s development programme for composers in the early stages of their careers, LSO Jerwood Composer+, and an additional four selected for the ongoing LSO Soundhub programme.
Amir Konjani and Daniel Kidane will join the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme for the 2018/19 LSO season which begins in September, following a successful pilot for the scheme last season. The programme will see them plan and deliver two chamber-scale concerts from conception to performance, taking a role in every part of process.
They are given the support, guidance and expertise of LSO Staff, as well as an external mentor, in order to gain experience in every aspect of putting on a successful new music performance, from programming for specific audiences, planning and organising events to marketing, budgeting and how to approach the press. Through this process they will gain invaluable knowledge and practical experience in how to establish and promote themselves professionally. The concerts will be part of the artistic programme at LSO St Luke’s, the Orchestra’s venue on London’s Old Street.
Further concerts by the composers in the pilot year of LSO Jerwood Composer+, Emma-Jean Thackray and Jasmin Kent Rodgman, will take place on Saturday 6 October and Saturday 24 November at LSO St Luke’s.
The LSO Soundhub programme welcomes four new members for the new season, Alex Ho, Jamie Man, Donal Sarsfield and Keting Sun. Two members from last season’s intake will continue in Phase II of the Soundhub programme, Lillie Harris and Robin Haigh, who has additionally been selected by the LSO to write a new commission for children which will be premiered in the autumn at one of the Orchestra’s concerts for the under-5s.
Based at LSO St Luke’s, the LSO Soundhub programme provides a flexible environment for four composers each year to develop and showcase new work through exploration, collaboration and experimentation. With access to vital resources, state-of-the-art equipment and professional support, Soundhub’s ongoing development is led by the composers who take part and responds directly to their needs. The Soundhub community extends to a group of Associates, a supportive network of nearly 100 composers who are able to share ideas and experiences and benefit from the same access to resources as Soundhub Members.
These two programmes are set amongst a holistic framework of development programmes for emerging composers which has evolved by actively listening to the needs of composers over many years. This framework is completed by a third programme, the Panufnik Composers Scheme, which each year gives six composers the opportunity to write for the LSO, gaining invaluable insight into the performance of new music directly from the Orchestra’s players, under the leadership of composer Colin Matthews and LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth. Applications for this programme open in the autumn.
The announcement in 2017 that each LSO season under its new Music Director Simon Rattle would open with a new work by a British composer signalled the Orchestra's deep commitment to new music. The first was by Helen Grime, herself a graduate of the LSO composer programmes, whose work opened Simon Rattle’s inaugural concert as Music Director in September 2017. On 16 September a fanfare by Sir Harrison Birtwistle opens the 2018/19 LSO season, which sees seven premieres performed as well as the return, in March 2019, of the LSO’s biennial new music weekend, LSO Futures.
LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson.