About LSO Discovery
For over two decades, our award-winning education and community programme, LSO Discovery, has been achieving remarkable things from its home at LSO St Luke’s.
Every year, our participants immerse themselves in a broad range of activity, from workshops in early years centres and schools, to community ensembles and groups for both children and adults with learning disabilities.
Moreover, LSO Discovery offers significant support for the next generation of instrumentalists, working alongside LSO players. In the words of our Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev, ‘The LSO’s work with young people is inspirational and has such a positive effect on young lives’.
In 2008, we launched LSO On Track, giving a wide range of young musicians from East London the opportunity to develop their instrumental skills. Working closely with ten local music services, we have taken a range of young musicians from beginners to pre-professionals.
We wanted to capture their imaginations and inspire them to continue learning, by offering the chance to take part in special events through the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
That dream came to spectacular life in February 2012. Danny Boyle, Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, was inspired by our work, as was the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. As a result, they invited us to bring 80 young musicians together with LSO players for a performance at the Opening Ceremony.
It is difficult to overstate the impact and importance of this work in inspiring the musicians of tomorrow. The success of the Moving Music campaign will enable us to reach an extra 100,000 young people every year, and share its winning formula with even more diverse audiences.