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
The LSO Timpani & Percussion Academy took place from Friday 14 to Wednesday 19 June 2013. The course was directed by LSO Principal Percussionist Neil Percy, joined by other LSO and visiting tutors. The Academy tutors guided 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 culminated in a showcase concert.
The LSO Academy is supported by the Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Ann and Frederick O’Brien Charitable Trust, The Candide Trust, David HS Hobbs, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Derek Hill Foundation, F Roberts, Marsh Christian Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Polonsky Foundation, Rod Stafford, The Winship Foundation.
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