Activities for Young Musicians
Through the LSO On Track programme, the LSO aims to provide opportunities throughout each season to celebrate and inspire young instrumentalists in East London.
Most of these opportunities are offered to young musicians through our partners, the Music Services of the ten Host and Gateway boroughs of East London. Details of opportunities for which participants need to apply directly to the LSO are posted on this page.
Celebrate & Inspire performances
Young musicians of all levels play alongside music college students and LSO musicians in specially arranged and commissioned works for all abilities. As part of the project, young musicians receive coaching from LSO musicians on their instrument, and to develop their creativity and confidence in music making. Projects are designed to inspire young musicians and give them the rare experience of performing alongside professional musicians in world-class venues.
All Celebrate & Inspire performances are recruited for through our Music Service partners.
Recent projects have included:
May 2013, Trafalgar Square
Maxwell Davies Fanfare (wind & brass project)
January 2014, Barbican
Lieutenant Kijé (young musicians alongside Guildhall School musicians and LSO)
May 2014, Trafalgar Square
Shostakovich (young musicians alongside Guildhall School musicians and LSO)
May 2015, Trafalgar Square
Take a Bow (instrument learners alongside LSO strings)
June 2015, LSO St Luke’s
LSO On Track Next Generation
Led by composer Howard Moody, the Next Generation scheme gives 50 young instrumentalists from East London the opportunity to work together over 7 monthly Creative Days to develop a collective musical composition for performance with the Orchestra in the Barbican Concert Hall. The scheme is designed to give structured guidance, inspiration, creative tools and technical skills to the participants, building on their musical flair to help them develop as rounded musicians and leaders. LSO players sit among the creative groups and lead sessions on particular instrumental techniques and improvisation.
The focus of Next Generation is on precision of sound, articulation of ideas, and leadership, and young musicians thrive in areas in which they did not know they had strengths. Combining fluid exchange of ideas, technical guidance and focussed workshop sessions by LSO players, Next Generation creates an environment in which it is safe to take risks.
Next Generation will perform with the LSO on the Barbican stage in June 2015.
Gomm Trumpet Award
The 2014/15 Gomm Trumpet Award was awarded to Joseph Linton. To find out more about the award, please click here.
Summer Camp – future plans
There are currently no plans to run any summer courses. Any further information will be posted on this page.
All LSO On Track summer activities are recruited through, and planned with, the LSO’s East London music services partners. These will be coordinated to tie in with other performance and participatory opportunities taking place in East London. We will, therefore, not be taking bookings for any summer activity directly through LSO Discovery.
If you live or go to school in one of the ten East London boroughs with which we work, please do be in touch with your local music service to discuss local opportunities or contact us to talk about other opportunities through LSO On Track.
For more information about music making in your borough or through LSO On Track, please contact your local Music Service or the LSO On Track team: David Nunn on 020 7382 2538 or firstname.lastname@example.org