Music in the Classroom

LSO Discovery Music CPD for Primary teachers aims to develop confidence and strategies for using music in the classroom, focusing on a creative approach to music-making.

LSO Discovery offer a variety of training opportunities for Primary teachers from one-off Creative Days to our year-long Music in the Classroom programme.

What's on next...Free CPD taster workshops

LSO Discovery is offering free 'taster' workshops to KS2 teachers working in mainstream and special education in East London*, led by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach and LSO musicians.

Details TBC

*You must work for a school or music service in Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.

What's involved?

As a group you will participate in warm-up activities alongside LSO musicians, and using classroom percussion you will create a group composition based on a piece of classical music. LSO Animateur Rachel Leach will provide techniques and ideas that can be used in the classroom, helping you to deliver key areas of the curriculum in a fun, engaging and practical way. The methods employed are applicable across musical genres and encourage cross-curricular work.

You will also learn about LSO Discovery Music in the Classroom: a year-long engagement programme between the London Symphony Orchestra and your school including teacher training, visits by LSO musicians, and special access to our KS2 Schools Concerts. The next programme begins in September 2017, with applications open from March. We strongly recommend that you attend one of the free taster sessions prior to applying for the full CPD Scheme.

How to book for a taster session

Places at taster sessions are free but will be limited. To book please contact Alan Read on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7382 2539 and provide your name, email address, school address and borough.

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Find out more about our CPD activities below, and join us in keeping music in the classroom.

Music in the Classroom Programme

For more information about our year-long hands-on programme for Primary teachers please click here.

Creative Days 2016/17

For more information about Creative Days please click here.


For more information about LSO Discovery's CPD activity please contact David Nunn, LSO On Track Projects Manager, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7382 2538.




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 performed with the LSO on the Barbican stage in June 2016.

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 David Nunn on 020 7382 2538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LSO On Track Next Generation is supported by Mizuho and the Hedley Foundation


Mixed Ability Concerts


Through the LSO On Track programme, the LSO aims to provide opportunities throughout each season to celebrate and inspire young instrumentalists in East London.

Celebrate & Inspire

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:

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Fanfare – Her Majesty's Welcome (wind & brass project)
January 2014, Barbican

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé
May 2014, BMW LSO Open Air Classics at Trafalgar Square

Shostakovich Jazz Suites
May 2015, BMW LSO Open Air Classics at Trafalgar Square

Take a Bow (instrument learners alongside LSO strings)
June 2015, LSO St Luke’s

All Together Now! 
November 2015, LSO St Luke's

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake
June 2016, BMW LSO Open Air Classics at Trafalgar Square

LSO On Track Mixed Ability is supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

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Special Schools


Through our Music Service partners, the LSO continues to work with Special Schools and specialist departments of mainstream schools in East London.

The programme encourages creative music making in those schools, devising models for working and nurturing the talent of the teachers and young people with whom we work, through close and consistent contact with LSO musicians and animateurs and the creation of opportunities to share work with each other and with an audience.

Special Schools activity is linked to LSO Schools Concerts and other repertoire and themes from the main LSO season.

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For further information, contact David Nunn on +44 20 7382 2538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 LSO On Track Special Schools is supported by Marsh Insurance, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and Youth Music.

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LSO On Track

Great music is being made every day in East London. This is something LSO On Track wants to shout about by putting young East Londoners on a world-class stage with LSO artists to create inspirational performances.

LSO On Track is a partnership between the LSO and ten East London Music Services, in collaboration with the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This partnership puts the LSO at the heart of the Music Education Hubs in East London, in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest.

Find out how you can get involved in projects – as a young person taking part in music making projects, a school coming to see the LSO perform at the Barbican or LSO St Luke's, or as a teacher through our Music in the Classroom programme for teachers.

If your school is not located in East London, please visit the Schools & Young people section for available activities.

Inspirational music activities for young musicians and music practitioners

This year the London Symphony Orchestra will welcome 15,000 young people to amazing concerts at the Barbican and LSO St Luke’s. In addition, over 2,000 young East Londoners will get together with musicians from the LSO to showcase their incredible musical talent.

Since the launch of LSO On Track in 2008 students and practitioners have accessed LSO musician visits to schools, creative workshops, coaching on written music, schools concerts dedicated to East London schools, opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and much much more.


The LSO would like to thank its partners and funders:

Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service; Bird College Music Service, Bexley; Greenwich Music Hub Services; Hackney Music Service; Havering Music School; Lewisham Music Service; Newham Music Trust; Redbridge Music Service; Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education ServiceWaltham Forest music service


Supported by Mizuho, the Hedley Foundation, Marsh Insurance, Youth Music, Sound Connections Innovate Fund, and LSO Friends. 

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