Composer relationships

Working closely with a named composer allows the Orchestra and composer to get to know each other. The Orchestra becomes steeped in the composer's musical style, and the composer has the opportunity to write new works with specific musicians in mind.


It is also a chance for us to introduce our London audiences to a range of works by the composer – programming older compositions as well as commissions and premieres. It's a relationship that is highly valued by both the Orchestra and the composer.

Composer in Residence

Magnus Lindberg (2014-)

Read about our current Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg

Julian Anderson (2010–14)

The Residency began with a fanfare for the Royal Society's 350th Anniversary celebrations at Southbank Centre in June 2010, and continued with performances of The Stations of the Sun (December 2010), The Crazed Moon (March 2011), Fantasias (December 2011) and the premiere of the LPO commission The Discovery of Heaven (March 2012), which won a 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award. In November 2013 the LPO released a recording of the award-winning performance, together with Anderson’s Fantasias and The Crazed Moon.

More recently, the LPO performed The Stations of the Sun on 7 December 2013, Alleluia with the London Philharmonic Choir on 1 March 2014, and the violin concerto In liebliche Bläue with soloist Carolin Widmann  on 14 March 2015.   These three works were released on the LPO Label in March 2016.

Our first CD of Anderson's orchestral music was released on the LPO Label in November 2013, including The Discovery of Heaven and Fantasias.

Julian Anderson’s work is published by Faber Music.

Listen to Julian speaking about his The Stations of the Sun (January 2011 podcast)
Listen to Julian speaking about The Discovery of Heaven (March 2012 podcast)
Listen to Julian speaking about In liebliche Bläue

Mark-Anthony Turnage (2005–10)

Commissions during Mark-Anthony Turnage's period as LPO Composer in Residence include:
Mambo, Blues and Tarantella: concerto for violin and orchestra
Hidden Love Song (for soprano saxophone and orchestra)

These works are included on the three Turnage CDs released on the LPO Label.

  • CD: Turnage – Orchestral Works Volume 3

    LPO conducted by Jurowski, Alsop & Stenz
    More info
  • CD: Turnage – Scherzoid, Evening Songs etc.

    LPO conducted by Nott, Jurowski & Alsop
    More info
  • CD: Turnage – Orchestral Works Volume 2

    LPO conducted by Marin Alsop
    More info
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Composer in Focus

Prior to appointing our first Composer in Residence, we focussed on the music of composers for a single season.

1999/2000 – Henri Dutilleux
2000/2001 – Thomas Adès
2001/2002 – Kaija Saariaho
2002/2003 – Julian Anderson
2003/2004 – Saariaho, Adès and Dutilleux
2004/2005 – Mark-Anthony Turnage