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Our Young Composers programme offers five promising but as yet unpublished young composers the opportunity to develop, workshop and compose a new piece for a 30-piece orchestra of London Philharmonic Orchestra players and Foyle Future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 2018/19 are now open. Deadline for applications are Monday 28 May 2018.

In order to be eligible for the programme in 2018/19 you need to be under the age of 35 on 1 September 2019 and have no works published by a recognised publishing house.

Applications are invited through conservatoires and universities throughout the UK. Each institution is allowed to nominate up to four applicants.

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 on Monday 9 July 2018. Details of when the concert will go on sale will be added soon.

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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