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Writing the Future

Through our Writing the Future scheme we commission new work from talented young composers, supporting them to make new music alongside our players. The next round will run later in 2017, for which we will be recruiting a group of composers and creators to develop original work for concert, site-specific and digital platforms. Keep an eye on this page, and our social media channels, for further announcements. 

London Sinfonietta gave me the opportunity to develop work outside of normal concert models and supported me from the inception of my idea to the performances. As an early-career composer, it was a valuable opportunity to create a large-scale work and collaborate with experienced professionals on the staging, lighting and direction. This was such an incredibly fulfilling project. " Samantha Fernando, Writing the Future composer 2013/14


Time with musicians – I don’t know who would turn that down " Mira Calix, Writing the Future composer


We commissioned the following composers for Writing the Future 2013/14

Samantha Fernando Positive/Negative Space for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and cello 
Geoff Hannan Lifeblood for piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone and cello
Matthew Kaner Chants for flute, clarinet, viola and cello
Tristan Rhys Williams reduction form for flute, clarinet, viola and cello
Gregory Emfietzis The Dark Art of Obscurantism for solo cello and bass drum
Adam Fergler Personal Space for solo double bass
Aaron Holloway De Ce Trombonesti? for solo alto trombone
Amber Priestley There, I’ve said it, I’ve put my cards on the table. for solo viola
Andrew Thomas And the Bird by the Water is Turning White for solo flute and electronics

The above composers were commissioned to write for The New Music Show: the London Sinfonietta’s day-long festival featuring live performances, installations, film, and talks. In 2013 The New Music Show included a series of talks curated with the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their bi-centenary, and marked the culmination of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise festival.

More commissions include:

Mark Bowden Parable (for solo saxophone) (2012)
Jordan Hunt Siren (for solo trumpet) (2012)
Edward Jessen The Discerning Hours (for solo oboe with laptop) (2012)
Bushra El Turk Tanit (for solo viola) (2012)
Shiva Feshareki departing in peace, arriving with love (for solo clarinet); Valentine’s Rhapsody (for piccolo, bass clarinet, horn, violin and cello) (2011)
Edmund Finnis Veneer (for solo viola with reverb); Unfolds (for flute doubling alto flute & piccolo, clarinet doubling clarinet in E flat, horn, violin and cello) (2011)
Tim Hodgkinson The Glow and Zig-Zag (for solo French horn); Hail and Flummox (for flute, clarinet, horn, violin and cello) (2011)
Isambard Khroustaliov Obsolve (for solo mixed percussion with electronics); Zoetrope (for flute, clarinet, horn, violin and cello) (2011)
Duncan MacLeod Diesis (for solo double bass with electronics) (2011) 


Writing the Future is generously supported by The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Boltini Trust, PRS For Music Foundation and Michael & Patricia McLaren-Turner