LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme

Could you compose a piece for one of the world's leading symphony orchestras? Applications for the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme are now open, and we're recruiting from a wide range of musical backgrounds. Find out more at and below.

The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2019/20 LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme.

The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

About the Scheme

The Panufnik Composers Scheme offers six emerging composers the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra. Devised by the Orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik, in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik, and generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust, the programme has now supported 81 composers since its launch in 2005.

Guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews, with additional tailored support, the scheme enables composers to experiment with orchestral writing skills through developing a three-minute composition over twelve months. The year also includes workshops from LSO players and open access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, enabling each composer to experiment over time and develop orchestral writing skills.

The scheme will culminate with a public workshop (on a date in March 2020) during which a three-minute work by each composer will be rehearsed by conductor François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, London.

Participation begins with a two-day induction on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 February 2019 at LSO St Luke’s, to include composer introductions, workshops with LSO players and developing public presentation skills. Attendance is essential for selected composers, so please keep these dates free until hearing the results of your application in late January.

Each selected composer will receive a bursary of £1,000, plus travel costs for those living outside London.

Applicants must:

Be over 18
Be UK-based British nationals, students or resident in the UK for at least three years
Not be on another LSO composer scheme and have sufficient time to dedicate to the opportunity
Not have already had a work performed with a professional symphony orchestra (although previous experience working with instrumental ensembles is beneficial, but not essential)

31 Oct 2018