About LSO Soundhub
Based at LSO St Luke’s, Soundhub provides a flexible space where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, with access to vital resources, support from industry professionals and LSO players. Soundhub is a composer-led space, responding directly to the needs of those using it; a supportive environment for artists to try out new ideas, develop existing work and benefit from peer-to-peer networking and support.
The programme is open to UK-based composers and builds on the LSO’s ongoing investment in emerging talent, in particular through the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme.
LSO Soundhub began with a six-month pilot, from January to June 2012. The first full year launched on 10th September 2012.
LSO Soundhub offers two levels of engagement for composers:
Each year we accept up to four composer members. This year our members are Yasmeen Ahmed, Ben Gaunt, Oliver Leith and Lee Westwood.
Membership is split into two phases:
Members undertake an initial project at LSO St Luke’s either with a small group of LSO players, or an independent project for which space and other resources are provided. Each member is also allocated a mentor to support them as they develop their project.
The aim of this initial project is to provide members with an opportunity to explore and develop their practice. These projects do not necessarily need to result in a finished product and the focus should be on demonstrating learning and development through the creative process.
Selected members are invited to work directly with a small group of LSO players – either developing their initial project or embarking on a new project.
On completion of their projects, all members automatically become Soundhub Associates.
The Soundhub Community is also extended to a wider group of Associates, who along with the Members, benefit from access to Soundhub events at LSO St Luke’s, LSO rehearsals and concerts, plus occasional access to space and other resources. This year we have 60 Associate composers.
Fixed sessions are set up throughout the year, offering professional development opportunities for Soundhub composers. These sessions range from seminars with industry professionals to workshops with LSO players and informal conversations with LSO Guest Artists.
During the LSO Soundhub pilot scheme we were delighted to work with the following Soundhub Members: Ed Baxter, Darren Bloom, Alexander Hawkins, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Elo Masing, Christian Mason, Mark Simpson, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Toby Young; and Soundhub Associates: Richard Bullen, Rebecca Dale, Alice Jeffreys, Helen Papaioannou, Emma-Ruth Richards, Anjula Semmens and squib-box.
If you have any queries about Soundhub please contact us on:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7382 2566
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Soundhub is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk and
The Hinrichsen Foundation www.hinrichsenfoundation.org.uk
Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Kevin Leighton, Matthew Weinreb