Graduate's London Symphony Orchestra commission
An orchestra piece by recent graduate Eloise Nancie Gynn will be premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra later this month.
The piece, Anahata, will be premiered on 24 March and performed again on 26 March at the Barbican in London.
Eloise was commissioned to write a five-minute piece for the LSO following her involvement with the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, an initiative offering emerging composers the opportunity to develop their orchestral writing skill and form collaborative musical relationships with LSO players.
Eloise said: “In 2010 I wrote Sakura for the London Symphony Orchestra through the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme under the supervision of James MacMillan. Every year six composers are selected to write a short piece for the LSO, to be performed in an open workshop conducted by François-Xavier Roth.
“I loved the creative freedom in having a whole orchestral palate of colours to choose from, and the support of having fantastic players, readily available to answer any questions! One particular highlight was having unlimited access to the LSO’s rehearsals and concerts. Especially for me, watching Valery Gergiev conducting Debussy and Dutilleux was such a great insight into the orchestration of two of my favourite composers, and an opportunity to discover the personality of the orchestra.
“As it was my first real experience of writing for a full orchestra, I found that having a workshop a warm and safe space to explore my work and ideas without having the pressure of a big performance. Although I was still very nervous, the orchestra and François-Xavier Roth were lovely and ready to make insightful suggestions! The greatest challenge was fitting all my ideas into only three minutes of music!
“It is a great privilege to have had this wonderful opportunity, especially with an orchestra such as the LSO and I’m very much looking forward to the premiere of my new piece Anahata, commissioned by the LSO through this scheme, generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust. It will be performed by the LSO at the Barbican in London on the 24th and 26th of March, conducted by Nicholas Collon.
“I feel honoured also that my first piece Sakura was recently recorded along with ten other Panufnik pieces, to be released later this year on CD!”
For more about Eloise and her time at the School of Music, you can read her profile on our alumni webpages.