The 2009 composers commenced their participation on the Panufnik Young Composers Scheme with a Reality Weekend in January. This included meeting Colin Matthews (Composition Director), Camilla Panufnik (Project Champion), Lucy O’Rorke (Helen Hamlyn Trust) and Raymond Yiu (2008 Panufnik composer), as well as meeting LSO players (David Alberman, Patrick Harrild, Neil Percy and Bryn Lewis), to explore their instruments. The composers also had practical sessions on presentation and communication skills.

The composers are now in the process of writing their pieces and will be meeting on 14 May to have a Gamelan session and to catch up on progress. They are attending LSO rehearsals and concerts as well as regular tutorials with Colin Matthews.

 The new pieces will be rehearsed in a public workshop on Monday 5 October 2009.

In addition to the six composers writing a 3 minute piece, Andrew McCormack, a participant on the 2008 scheme, is working on a 10 minute commission for the LSO which will also be rehearsed on Monday 5 October before it is premiered with Francois-Xavier Roth and the LSO on Thursday 10 December 2009.