Young Composers

Our Young Composers programme offers five promising but as yet unpublished young composers the opportunity to develop, workshop and compose a new piece for a 30-piece orchestra of London Philharmonic Orchestra players and Foyle Future Firsts.

Young Composers

Structure of the programme

The LPO Young Composers programme offers emerging composers the opportunity to workshop a new piece with the Orchestra's musicians across a year, leading to a public performance at a London venue, showcasing the new works. The participant composers are mentored by the LPO's Composer in Residence, who provides expertise and guidance in a series of seminars and workshops. We are delighted to welcome Sir James MacMillan as Composer Mentor on the scheme in 2017/18.

Each participant composes a new work of up to eight minutes, for a chamber orchestra of c. 30 musicians, comprising London Philharmonic Orchestra players and Foyle Future Firsts (the Orchestra's graduate scheme for aspiring orchestral players). Along with seminars for the participant composers, there is a 3-hour workshop in early spring, allowing the participants to experiment new ideas, talk to players and receive advice and feedback in a constructive and inquisitive environment. This is followed by further workshop-rehearsals leading to the final concert performance in June or July. Also during the year the composers have the chance to attend concerts, observe rehearsals, meet visiting guest composers and get involved with the LPO's wider education work.

We are very grateful to The Leverhulme Trust for their funding for the programme 2016 – 2019. During that time participants on the scheme will be known as ‘Leverhulme Arts Scholars’ in recognition of their commitment and support.

Alumni of the scheme include Steven Daverson (Siemens Music Foundation Prizewinner 2011), Mica Levi (singer/songwriter, Micachu and the Shapes) and Laura Jayne Bowler (Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera company).

Young Composers 2017/18

Lillie Harris
Karol Nepelski
Laurence Osborn
Ailie Robertson
Neil Smith


Applications for the LPO Young Composers Programme 2017/18 are now closed, and will reopen in spring 2018.

In order to be eligible for the programme in 2018/19 you need to be under the age of 35 on 1 September 2018 and have no works published by a recognised publishing house.

Applications are invited through conservatoires, universities and industry professionals throughout the UK. This process begins in the spring/summer of 2018 for the 2018/19 programme. Each institution or individual is allowed to nominate up to four applicants. Applications will be considered outside of this model for those who left formal education several years ago.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the scheme or the application procedure please contact Emily Moss, Education & Community Project Manager on 020 7840 4203 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Debut Sounds

The LPO Young Composers' year culminates in Debut Sounds, a concert performance of their work at Queen Elizabeth Hall in summer 2018. For further information when the concert is put on sale, sign up to receive updates.



This programme is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Programme, The Stanley Picker Trust and Help Musicians UK.

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