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Writing the Future

Writing the Future is our open-call programme that supports the careers of composers and music creators through the process of making new work with the ensemble. The programme usually lasts for approximately two years, and allows for longer and innovative new works to be made and performed. 

As part of the scheme, composers are offered: 

  • At least one chamber commission to be performed by the London Sinfonietta in a future main season event.
  • A close working relationship with members of the ensemble to develop ideas.
  • An introduction to music industry professionals who can advise on different aspects of career development.
  • Opportunities to work on different aspects of the ensemble’s programme – including digital projects, schools and community work and the London Sinfonietta Academy.
  • Open access to visit London Sinfonietta rehearsals and concerts.
  • Opportunities for coaching and mentoring from world-leading composers and conductors as part of the London Sinfonietta’s season, and in partnership with the Southbank Centre where the ensemble is a Resident Orchestra.


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 2017–2019

Josephine Stephenson

Josephine Stephenson is a Franco-British composer and performer based in London. Her music has been commissioned by some of Europe's leading ensembles and played across some of the largest festivals in Europe.

Ed Nesbit

The work of London-based composer Edward Nesbit has been performed by some of the largest orchestras in the UK and internationally. His work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Patrick Brennan 

Patrick Brennan is an Irish composer, whose music has attracted national and international attention, with recent commissions and performances from orchestras including the LSO.

Oliver Leith

Oliver is a London based composer making acoustic music, electronic music and video. His work focuses on text, video, theatre and tangible human themes. 

Read more about our composers here.

Previous participants

Writing the Future 2013/14

Gregory Emfietzis, Adam Fergler, Samantha Fernando, Geoff Hannan, Aaron Holloway, Matthew Kaner, Amber Priestley, Andrew Thomas, Tristan Rhys Williams.
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.

Writing the Future 2011/12 

Mark Bowden, Shiva Feshareki, Edmund Finnis, Tim Hodgkinson, Jordan Hunt, Edward Jessen, Isambard Khroustaliov, Duncan MacLeod, Bushra El Turk.

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