London Symphony Orchestra

Explore the possibilities of composing for one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras! Applications for the 2018 Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018 are now open.

We are recruiting six composers from a wide range of musical approaches and backgrounds, who demonstrate:

-a high level of compositional ability in writing notated work in contemporary classical or other musical genres
-a desire to broaden their compositional experience and write for large-scale symphony orchestra, bringing their own unique musical voice to the challenge of orchestral writing.
-the enthusiasm to participate fully within the Scheme’s activities and workshops, contributing their own musical ideas and adding to the experience for other composers on the Scheme.
-the potential to write a three-minute full orchestral work for the public workshop; with some additional support where needed throughout the year for composers who may have less experience in writing for large-scale orchestral forces.

Over twelve months, successful applicants will have access to tutors including Colin Matthews (composition director), Christian Mason (composition support) and/or other mentors or tutors suited to individual musical styles and needs. The year also includes workshops from LSO players and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, enabling each composer to experiment over time and develop orchestral writing skills.

The scheme will culminate with a public workshop (on a date between 20–25 March 2019) during which a three minute work by each composer will be rehearsed by conductor François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, London.

Participation begins with a two-day induction on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018 at LSO St Luke’s, to include composer introductions, workshops with LSO players and developing public presentation skills. Attendance is essential for selected composers, so please keep these dates free until hearing the results of your application in late January.

Each selected composer will receive a bursary of £1,000, plus travel costs for those living outside London.

To be eligible for the Panufnik Composers Scheme you must:

Be over 18
Be a British national, studying in the UK or resident in the UK for at least three years already
Not currently be a Soundhub Member or on the LSO Jerwood Composer+ Scheme (Soundhub Associates may apply)
Not have already worked with a professional symphony orchestra (previous experience working with instrumental ensembles is beneficial, but not essential); or if you have had work performed by a professional

Location: England

For further information, please contact or call 020 7382 2566, or visit

The deadline is Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 12:00.