Writing the Future
Composers developing works with musicians



We will launch the next phase of our Writing the Future scheme in 2017, recruiting a cohort of composers and creators who will develop oririnal work for concert, site-specific and digital platforms. Check back here to find out more.

“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

"Time with musicians – I don’t know who would turn that down" Mira Calix 


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 , London Sinfonietta’s festival-in-a-day, which features live performances, installations, film, talks and opportunities for audiences to get involved. This season's New Music Show, which took place on Sunday 8 December 2013, included a series of talks curated with the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their bi-centenary. The event also marked the culmination to the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise festival.


Composers commissioned as part of the scheme during the 2012/13 Music Programme were: - Mark Bowden, Parable (for solo saxophone) - Jordan Hunt, Siren (for solo trumpet) - Edward Jessen, The Discerning Hours (for solo oboe with laptop) - Bushra El Turk, Tanit (for solo viola) Composers commissioned as part of the scheme during the 2011/12 Music Programme: - Shiva Feshareki departing in peace, arriving with love (for solo clarinet) Valentine’s Rhapsody (for piccolo, bass clarinet, horn, violin and cello) - 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) - Tim Hodgkinson The Glow and Zig-Zag (for solo French horn) Hail and Flummox (for flute, clarinet, horn, violin and cello) - Isambard Khroustaliov Obsolve (for solo mixed percussion with electronics) Zoetrope (for flute, clarinet, horn, violin and cello) - Duncan MacLeod, Diesis (for solo double bass with electronics) 

Writing the Future is generously supported by The Boltini Trust, Anthony Mackintosh and Michael & Patricia McLaren-Turner With special thanks to the following funders for their generous support of Writing the Future in recent years: The John S Cohen Foundation.