LPO Young Composers

Young Composers

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce the participants for the 2019/20 LPO Young Composers Programme.

Introducing from left to right:

  • Aileen Sweeney
    Joshua Brown
    Sylvia Lim
    Maciej Bałenkowski
    Daniel Davis 

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 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, showcasing the new works. The participant composers are mentored by James MacMillan, the Composer Mentor, who provides expertise and guidance in a series of seminars and workshops.

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.

The LPO Young Composers' 2019/20 year culminates in Debut Sounds, a concert performance of their work at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday 6 July 2020.


Applications for the LPO Young Composers Programme 2020/21 will open in spring 2020. Applications must be invited by an institution. If you have any questions 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.

This programme is generously supported by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Programme.


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