What is LCO New?

LCO New is a nurturing and high profile opportunity for 5 emerging composers. The scheme takes place over 4 months from June-September '22. Participants will take part in 2 Zoom check ins and 3 collaborative group workshops in central London with LCO's 21/22 Composer in Residence, Freya Waley-Cohen.
We want to help a range of composers at an early stage in their careers, who have never heard their work performed by professional musicians. You might not have ever written for an orchestra before or perhaps want to develop your orchestral writing skills.
Each workshop will give participants the opportunity to work with Freya and LCO musicians, including a full Chamber orchestra for the final session to each compose a new piece for LCO.
At the end of the programme, all 5 new pieces will be performed at LCO's opening concert of the 22/23 Season. This performance will also be recorded.
LCO New participants will form a network of LCO New alumni. Our alumni will enjoy an ongoing relationship with LCO, access to our our pre-concert events and LCO rehearsals of new works by our annual Composer in Residence, as well as the opportunity to sit in on future LCO New workshops. We are keen to continue our relationship with all alumni, by supporting and promoting you and their work.
The LCO New online application form is open from 1 Feb - 18 March '22
Please see below for details on how to apply and further information on the '22 scheme.
LCO New is generously supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation
LCO New Alumnus Daniel Kidane

You can apply if:

  1. You are aged 16+ (there is no upper age limit)
  2. You’ve not had your compositions performed by a professional orchestra before
  3. You are a resident of UK

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email [email protected]

We strive for inclusive working practices, to reflect the audiences and communities we work with, and to create accessible opportunities. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups in our industry and from those who have had challenging circumstances. For example, this may include whether you:

  • are female or another gender minority
  • are neurodiverse (this might include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, Tourette’s syndrome and others),
  • are disabled or have a learning difficulty or a long-term health condition
  • are from an ethnic minority which is underrepresented in the classical music industry
  • are a member of the LGBTQ+ community 
  • identify yourself as working class or from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background
  • experienced being in care at any point
  • have been a young parent or young carer
  • have been a refugee or asylum seeker

There is no application fee and the scheme is free to all participants

We aim to make our course as accessible as possible. So, LCO will be able to provide successful participants a contribution to travel and/or childcare costs

Christopher Warren-Green in concert with LCO

You will need to submit:

– TWO audio recordings

These do not have to be new pieces, but should represent your musical influences and compositional style. Compositions will not be judged on the quality of the audio recording. If you need help creating an audio file, please email [email protected]


You will not need to submit a written score, or need to answer any questions! 

We will also encourage you complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Gathering this data helps us to understand who we are reaching and the appeal of the scheme to different groups of people. This helps us to make informed improvements in future years. 

Please note that applications for 22-23 have now closed. 

The online application form is open from 1 Feb – 18 March ’22


The LCO panel have been chosen for their skills in composition and range of compositional approaches.

The panel will listen to all submitted audio recordings and mark on quality of the composition and potential of the composer.

All applications will be anonymised for the panel for the first round, so that they can focus on the music. This removes unconscious bias.

Please contact [email protected] if you would like more information on the scoring process.

The highest scoring applicants will be shortlisted. Where scoring is equal, those from under-represented groups will be given priority, in line with our positive action commitments. The panel will reconvene to select the final 5 applications.

We will aim to offer constructive feedback to those applicants that ask. We will aim to give this feedback within 2 months of requesting it. 

Applications open


Applications close


LCO New application submission panel will listen to all applications


All applicants will be notified and the feedback process begins


Introductory Zoom meeting for LCO New participants 

with Freya Waley-Cohen and LCO



with Freya and LCO sinfonietta-sized ensemble



with Freya



with Freya, full orchestra and conductor Christopher Warren-Green


Final Zoom meeting with Freya


Finished compositions are due


Rehearsal with LCO and Christopher Warren-Green



Final rehearsal followed by public performance and recording