Orchestral Artistry programme
The Orchestral Artistry specialism is delivered in association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A highly distinctive and ground-breaking specialism, it is designed to attract the very finest students from around the world to work alongside LSO players, international artists/conductors and Guildhall School professors in a context akin to a professional environment. The aim is to produce fully rounded, excellent musicians who have acquired the professional and entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and capability to become high achieving 21st century musicians.
The postgraduate course is focused on excellence in performance, core musicianship and leadership and communication, and will explore the diverse skills required to become a modern professional ensemble player; a musician with a high level of leadership skills who is equally at home in a symphony orchestra as they are in a trio, or as a soloist, in a recording studio, managing and promoting their own concerts, speaking publicly or delivering education and community work.
The course not only features LSO coaching and mentoring, but students are given the opportunity, where appropriate, to play in LSO schools and family concerts, conducting masterclass series, as well as to participate in outreach work alongside LSO Discovery staff. In addition, LSO players play side-by-side in student rehearsals or public workshops (but not in performances as this would change the nature of the School’s concert presentation).
The size of the student cohort enables the core group to form a large chamber orchestra as well as string ensembles, wind ensembles and brass ensembles, finally leading to full symphony work supplemented by numbers from other postgraduate programmes and the undergraduate 3rd and 4th years.
The cohort may be formed into smaller groups for performances and also for work on community and outreach projects, whilst learning the processes involved in delivery of such programmes alongside professionals from LSO Discovery and Creative Learning.
In addition members of the Barbican International Associates (Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Orchestra) deliver a number of Masterclasses each year to add an international element to the provision, exploring the differences in playing styles and sound worlds of the various orchestras. There are also be opportunities for one-off projects with their artistic directors.