The Leverhulme Young Composers programme offers four promising but as yet unpublished young composers the chance to develop, workshop and compose a new piece for a 30+ piece orchestra of London Philharmonic Orchestra players and Foyle Future Firsts for performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Julian Anderson, the LPO’s Composer in Residence, leads the Programme, offering the opportunity for composers to benefit from his expertise and guidance. The Programme is also linked to the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to new music through the promotion of the Debut Sounds concert, the culmination of the year’s work.
Find out more about Debut Sounds concert on 10 June 2013 >
Apply for 2013-14 Leverhulme Young Composers programme >
The three workshops take place throughout the year and offer a constructive and inquisitive environment for the composers to explore their ideas as well as offering them extraordinary access to Julian Anderson, members of the LPO and a professional conductor. While other similar programmes offer performance platforms or one-off rehearsal sessions, the provision of workshops over time is an investment in talent, giving young composers the opportunity to develop their work in response to feedback received. The LPO is also keen to ensure that the programme catches later developers (hence the age limit of 35 or under and the restriction to those who have not yet had work professionally published).
Alumni of the scheme include Steven Daverson (Siemens Music Foundation Prizewinner 2011) and Mica Levi (singer/songwriter, Micachu and the Shapes).
The Leverhulme Young Composers for 2012-2013 are:
Peter Yarde Martin
More about the composers >
Mark David Boden
Laura Jayne Bowler
In order to be eligible for the programme in 2013-14 you need to be under the age of 35 on September 1 2013 and have no works published by a recognized publishing house.
The Leverhulme Young Composers programme is now accepting applications via Conservatoire/ University Heads of Composition.
To be recommended for the programme please speak to your Composition Tutor.
If you have completed a post-graduate degree, are no longer studying but are as yet unpublished, application can be made to us directly. You will need a reference from a Composition Tutor, Publishing House or a longstanding figure in UK contemporary classical music to apply, as well as a score for at least 10 instruments with accompanying live recording. Midi realisations will not be acceptable. If you fulfil these criteria please contact Caz.Vale@lpo.org.uk for full details.
Please note that this scheme is only open to composers who are at post-graduate level or beyond.
Closing date for applications: Friday 21 June 2013
The programme is supported by an Arts Portfolio Grant from The Leverhulme Trust. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful for the long-term support of The Leverhulme Trust for this programme.