September 23, 2019

Selected artists announced for Jerwood LSO Composer+ 2019/20

London Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s leading music organisations and it has a long-standing commitment to identifying and supporting the next generation of composers. Resident at the Barbican Centre, LSO performs around 70 concerts per year as well performing at LSO St Lukes which received a capital grant from our originator Jerwood Foundation and touring internationally.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Des Oliver studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015 he participated in the composer-choreographer collaboration funded by the RPS Drummond Fund at Rambert Dance Company. He recently completed his doctorate in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford and is currently the curator for the Oxford Music Faculty’s Sounds of South Asia Series. Des is also a filmmaker: his curated documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence, commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection, explores issues surrounding black identity with the breadth of new music produced by BAME composers across the UK.

Hollie Harding is a composer, researcher and curator and has been Director of Production for the London Ear Festival since it began in 2013. Her most recent project Melting, Shifting, Liquid World was the first composition to incorporate the use of open-ear, bone-conduction headsets alongside live acoustic and amplified instruments to create a multi-layered sonic environment for the audience to move around and within. Hollie has worked with Alwynne Pritchard, Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band), London Philharmonic Orchestra, CHROMA ensemble, Castallian String Quartet, Ensemble Via Nova (Weimar) and DeciBells (Basel). Current projects include a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize Commission and a new participatory immersive piece for CoMA.

LSO announcement on their website


LSO Jerwood Composer+ Des Oliver and Hollie Harding. Image: courtesy of LSO and Phil Stewart