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York composers selected for LSO Panufnik Composers scheme

Posted on 29 January 2020

Stef Conner and Patrick Jones saw off nationwide competition to be two of six composers nominated for the scheme.

The Panufnik Composers Scheme offers six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra. Guided by renowned composers Colin Matthews and Christian Mason, with additional tailored support, the scheme enables composers to experiment with and develop their orchestral writing skills through creating a three-minute composition over twelve months.

Dr Stef Conner is a recently-appointed lecturer in the Department of Music. As a singer and composer, she combines imaginative reworking and scholarly interpretation of ancient musical evidence to create new music drawn from the deep past. Her recent Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Huddersfield involved creating new settings of Old English poetry for voices and lyre. She specialises in vocal music, most often performing her own work, but has also been fortunate to collaborate with instrumental ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble, and Ligeti Quartet.

Dr Patrick John Jones recently received a PhD in Composition from the University of York. He writes music for acoustic instruments and is interested in vivid sounds, delicate sounds, visceral rhythmic energy, and different ways of approaching the idea of narrative. He is currently artist-in-residence at the John Rylands Special Archives in Manchester, where he is writing music in response to a wide range of religious art, including plainchant, illustrations of the apocalypse, and the poems of dsh. His work has been performed by ensembles such as Psappha, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble 10/10, the Diotima Quartet, and Octandre.

After twelve months, each participant’s composition will be performed and discussed by the LSO and Principal Guest Conductor, François-Xavier Roth, in a public workshop rehearsal at the culmination of the scheme. Two of the compositions are then chosen to be developed further, before being premiered by the Orchestra in an LSO concert at the Barbican.

Find out more about the Panufnik Composers Scheme 2020