LPO Young Composers

Young Composers

The LPO Young Composers programme aims to find and support the progression of talented orchestral composers, offering a platform to develop their orchestral compositional voice and wider music industry knowledge. Working under the mentorship of the LPO’s composer in residence (currently Brett Dean), Young Composers spend a season with the LPO, each creating a new work for chamber orchestra that is performed by Foyle Future First musicians and LPO players at a showcase concert.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to work with the following participants for the 2021/22 LPO Young Composers Programme:

LPO Young Composers 2021/22:

  • Rafael Marino Arcaro
    Conrad Asman 
    Alex Ho 
    Yun-ho Jeong 
    Angela Elizabeth Slater 


The programme will culminate in a public performance of the five new works for side-by-side LPO and Foyle Future First ensemble on Thursday 14 July 2022 at Queen Elizabeth's Hall, conducted by Composer Mentor and Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean.


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 Brett Dean, 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.


Debut Sounds 2021



The LPO Young Composers programme is generously supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust, the Stanley Picker Trust, the RVW Trust, The Marchus Trust and the Ernest Von Siemens Music Foundation.

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