Each year the LSO Academy provides up to 30 promising young instrumentalists aged 14 to 24 with a unique opportunity to work with the great orchestral musicians of their time in a week of orchestral-focussed workshops and masterclasses at LSO St Luke’s. Participation and tuition are provided free of charge to successful candidates and free accommodation is provided for candidates who cannot travel to LSO St Luke’s daily.
The Academy programme includes orchestral repertoire coaching, masterclasses and chamber music tuition led by LSO Principals and special guests. The Academy week culminates in a public lunchtime concert at LSO St Luke’s.
‘I feel my playing and attitude to music has changed massively. I am very inspired by my week at the LSO Academy.’
2012 Academy: Brass
For the 2012 Brass Academy we were delighted to welcome the following participants who worked with LSO Principal Horns Tim Jones and David Pyatt, LSO Principal Trumpets Rod Franks and Philip Cobb, LSO Principal Trombone Dudley Bright and LSO Principal Bass Trombone Paul Milner and LSO Principal Tuba Patrick Harrild.
Lucy Humphris (Candide Award winner)
Matthew Williams (Candide Award winner)
2013 Academy: Timpani & Percussion
Applications for the 2013 LSO Academy: Timpani & Percussion are now closed.
The LSO Timpani & Percussion Academy will take place from Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 June 2013. The course will be directed by LSO Principal Percussionist Neil Percy, joined by other LSO and visiting tutors. The Academy tutors will guide students through an inspirational week of specialist masterclasses and intensive orchestral repertoire sessions, as well as workshops to explore ensemble performance in fresh and exciting ways.
The week will culminate in a showcase concert on Wednesday 19 June at 6.30pm.
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The LSO Academy is supported by the Ann and Frederick O'Brien Charitable Trust, The Candide Trust, The Carpenters' Company, David Hobbs, Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, The Polonsky Foundation, Rod Stafford, Seary Charitable Trust
The LSO Academy focuses on a different section of the orchestra every year. Future Academies will take place as follows:
- 2014 Strings
- 2015 Woodwind
- 2016 Brass
- 2017 Timpani and Percussion