The Writing the Future programme is an opportunity to create a new work for an ensemble of up to six London Sinfonietta musicians, build creative working relationships with the ensemble and provide project ideas, culminating in a performance of each of the London Sinfonietta’s new works as part of their main season.
The programme is open to all music creators from all cultural and musical backgrounds who are passionate about their art form and would like the opportunity to apply that experience to writing for a contemporary music ensemble. They are particularly seeking relationships with artists from a non-classical background such as sound artists and improvising musicians, as well as music creators from historically under-represented groups or communities such as Global Majority artists, LGBTQ+ and those with a disability. As part of the scheme, they will support each music creator with a bursary, relevant artistic mentoring and a research and development budget.
Samantha Fernando, composer for Writing the Future in 2013/14 said:
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.