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Manchester postgraduate student selected for prestigious composers scheme

(2 March 2017)

Music PhD student Emma Wilde has been selected to take part in the highly prestigious London Symphony Orchestra's (LSO) Panufnik Composers Scheme. 

The Panufnik Composers Scheme is an exciting initiative from the LSO which, each year, offers six emerging composers the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews, the scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills, which means Emma will be able to form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players. She will also have her compositions analysed by the LSO and conductor François-Xavier Roth in a public workshop rehearsal, which will be a major learning experience for her.   

Emma said: “I am really pleased to have been selected to participate in such a prestigious scheme. To compose a piece for a world class orchestra like the LSO is an extremely rare and valuable opportunity for a composer and I am looking forward to being able to develop my orchestral writing skills throughout the coming year.” 

Professor Camden Reeves, Head of Music, added: “Everyone within the Music Department at Manchester is delighted for Emma. It’s extremely exciting that one of our research composers has been recognised for their wonderful work. Emma is in good company, as previous participants include Manchester Music alumni Emily Howard and Jack Sheen. It shows what a talented community of composers we have at Manchester.”