Key Stage Concerts


Key Stage Concerts for schools are designed especially for Key Stages 1 and 2, and take place each term at the Barbican Centre.

Each concert is presented in an accessible way and features the full orchestra on stage. The programmes include interesting and lively repertoire, as well as a participation song written specifically for each Key Stage Concert.

INSET sessions

We strongly encourage teachers who wish to bring a school class to a concert to attend a teacher INSET session. These are held around six weeks before each concert and are included in the ticket price. At the INSET teachers are introduced to specially written classroom projects linked to the concerts and have the chance to get to know the participation songs, learning the best techniques of teaching these to their class. Teachers will receive a Project Pack, recordings of the participation songs and help preparing their children for the concert.

Booking

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your school’s contact details if you would like to be added to the booking mailing list. You will then receive concert details and booking forms for all our future Key Stage Concerts.

Autumn term 2017 concerts

If you are already on our mailing list, full details about our autumn 2017 concerts will be sent via e-mail shortly after the summer half-term. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Future concert dates

Key stage concerts for the 2016/17 academic year will take place on the following dates. Please ensure you are on our mailing list to be contacted via e-mail when booking opens per term.            

Summer 2017

KS2 - June 5

Autumn 2017 

KS1 - November 21, 22
KS2 - December 1                     

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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Key Stage 2 Concerts

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Two can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – see a live orchestra and sing along in the participation song
  • EXPLORE – research the orchestra on LSO Play or delve into the history of the London Symphony Orchestra
  • CREATE – compose your own class piece using our free project pack and teacher INSET session, which are included as part of your concert booking

To find out more about Arts Award click here.

 


 

 

Secondary School Events


Concerts, Seminars and Workshops aimed at Secondary Key Stages

LSO Discovery run a number of events for secondary schools across the year, including A-Level Seminars and full orchestral concerts designed for Years 7 to 9.

Often complementing the Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level curriculum, our secondary school activity gives students the opportunity to hear live performances of classical music and discover more about the stories behind the notes. 

2016/17

Secondary School Concert

Stravinsky: The Inventor of Music
Friday 10 February 2017, 12–1pm, 
Barbican Hall

Join the LSO for an inspiring and breath-taking exploration of the building blocks of Stravinsky’s music culminating in a full performance of The Rite Of Spring. Accompanied by dramatic and exciting animations commissioned for this project, the concert is aimed at Key Stage 3 and explores the elements of music outlined in the National Curriculum.

Stravinsky famously said ‘I am an inventor of music!’, and he wasn’t far off. When Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ was first performed in 1913 it caused a sensation. The audience nearly rioted. The piece was so radical and ground-breaking that it’s gone on to be arguably the most influential piece of music in the 20th Century. Stravinsky opened up a new sound-world of orchestral colour, harmony, musical devices and rhythmic language, which changed the musical landscape forever. He gave us all permission to experiment, to broaden our musical boundaries, to tear up the rule book and look to a new and exciting musical future.

The project is a collaboration between producer Roland Taylor and projection designer Victor Craven.

Click here for more information and booking.

Panufnik Composers Workshop

Thursday 20 April 2017, 10am–6pm, LSO St Luke's

Six composers on the Panufnik Composers Scheme have their new pieces workshopped by the LSO, plus a chance to hear two works from the previous year’s participants which will receive Barbican premieres. Featuring works by Benjamin Ashby, Amy Bryce, Gonçalo Gato, Daniel Kidane, Liam Mattison and Donghoon Shin.

Suitable for GCSE and A-Level groups studying how music is composed, approaches to composition and the role of contemporary music and how audience tastes evolve.

Session times:
10–1.30pm
2.30pm–6pm
You may book for for either or both of the sessions

This event is free to attend. Please call the Box Office to reserve places: +44 20 7638 8891

> Find out more about the Panufnik Composers Scheme

A-Level Music Seminar

The 2016/17 LSO Discovery A-Level Music Seminar took place on Friday 11 November at LSO St Luke's. The Seminar covered Edexcel AS & A Level Set Work (new syllabus) Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17: movement I and Edexcel A2 Set Work Mozart Piano Sonata in B flat, K. 333: movement I, both for examination in Summer 2017. 

Presenter Rachel Leach led an in-depth analysis of both set works, discussing aspects of structure, form, thematic material and harmony, all illustrated by musical extracts. 

Resources

Most previous A-level Seminars are available for students to watch on the LSO YouTube channel.

Click below to watch the 2012 A-level seminar on Mozart Piano Sonata in B flat, movement I.



Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Key Stage 3 Concerts

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Three can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – see a live orchestra
  • EXPLORE – research the orchestra on LSO Play or delve into the history of the London Symphony Orchestra
  • CREATE – compose your own piece in class using our free resources, which are included as part of your concert booking

Key Stage 3 Concerts could also fulfil part of the requirements for Arts Award Bronze, which is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

To find out more about Arts Award click here.

 

Workshops


LSO Discovery runs a number of practical workshops at LSO St Luke's for all Key Stages.

Music Technology Workshops

There are three music technology workshops available:

Audioactive
For GCSE and A-level students

Technology

A unique and exciting workshop. Students use music technology and acoustic instruments to create a group composition, improvisation and performance. Suitable for GCSE and A-level groups. This workshop explores new instruments, electro-acoustic music, composition and improvisation.

Explore the concepts of contemporary composition and sonic art through a hands-on electro-acoustic workshop. Catering for up to 16 people the Audioactive workshop involves everyone in making music. Instruments range from usual to the unusual, the everyday to the bizarre, and include:

  • The theremin – the first electronic instrument ever created
  • The cracklebox – the unstable electronic circuit that you play with your fingers
  • Games joysticks – but not for playing the X-box, these ones make sounds
  • Dance mat – also taken from the games world, but now triggers samples of the LSO
  • Acoustic and electric instruments – bring your own and join in
  • Voice – let’s not forget the oldest instrument on the planet. Spoken word, singing, gibberish etc

Participants collaborate with the workshop leader and each other to devise a piece of music.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

 

Remix the Orchestra
For Key Stage 2 to A-level

Remix the Orchestra workshop

The class uses samples from the LSO's catalogue to create a new composition. Focusing on listening and arrangement, this workshop is beneficial to students from Key Stage 2 through to A-level.

Using GarageBand software, students select loops from the LSO’s extensive recordings and combine them with other styles and genres. The software is extremely easy to learn, yet offers great creative and musical opportunities.

The workshops can run for an hour and a half, three hours, or for a full school day.

At the end of the session schools receive two audio CDs of their work, and you may optionally order extra CDS for the students.

This workshop is designed for students with a wide range of musical abilities, and caters for groups of up to 20.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

 

Composing with Logic Pro X
For GCSE and A-level students

A workshop with an emphasis on musical composition and arrangement using the latest version of Logic. Students will learn how to compose a piece of music by learning and utilising the following techniques and areas of Logic:

  • Arrangement and compositional techniques and song structure.
  • Basic rhythmic concepts: bars, beats, tempo, time signatures & counting
  • How to program midi parts  
  • Using Apple loops
  • How to use virtual instruments 
  • Basic MIDI editing (regions and piano roll), position, velocity and length)
  • Midi recording and quantise
  • Correcting MIDI: duplicates, legato and note overlap correction
  • Quantization and groove: pushing, pulling, ghost notes, velocity
  • The use of Automation

The workshops can run for an hour and a half, three hours, or for a full school day.

At the end of the session schools receive two audio CDs of their work, and you may optionally order extra CDS for the students.

This workshop is designed for students with a wide range of musical abilities, and caters for groups of up to 20.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

Balinese Gamelan Workshops

For Key Stage 1 to 5

Young girl playing gamelan

A gamelan is a set of bronze metallophones and tuned gongs indigenous to Indonesia, where it is played for temple ceremonies and to accompany dance, drama and shadow puppet plays. There are many different types; ours is from Bali. The music is formed largely of repeating patterns that can be quickly learned and played as a group by most participants regardless of age or musical experience. Sessions accommodate up to 30 children at LSO St Luke's.

Gamelan is great for developing:

  • listening skills
  • group music making
  • composition techniques
  • an understanding of wider cultural studies

Cost (all prices exclusive of VAT):
1.5hrs: £150
3hrs: £230
6hrs: £440

Combined Gamelan & Remix the Orchestra Workshops

Gamelan and Remix the Orchestra sessions can be combined for a full day of music making at LSO St Luke's. For up to 40 students.

Cost (all costs exclusive of VAT):
3hrs: £360
6hrs: £690

Booking

To book technology-only workshops contact Chris Rogers:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7566 2878
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To book gamelan and combined gamelan and technology workshops contact Alan Read:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2549
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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Schools Workshops at LSO St Luke's

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Two can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – take part in one of our workshops and discovery more about music technology or gamelan
  • EXPLORE – meet our experienced workshop leaders, who will help to develop your listening and music-making skills
  • CREATE – compose your own piece of music, either as a group or individually

To find out more about Arts Award click here.

Creative Days


Led by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach and LSO musicians, LSO Discovery’s day-long workshops at LSO St Luke’s aim to encourage primary school teachers and other staff teaching music to use a creative and hands-on approach to classical music.

Following each Creative Day you are invited to attend a follow-up session to share your experiences with fellow teachers and discuss solutions to problems with Rachel Leach, before attending an LSO evening concert, all of which is included in the cost of the Creative Day. Each Creative Day uses the music you will hear at the attached LSO evening concert as the stimulus for the workshop activities.

Creative Days available to book in 2016/17

Monday 22 May 2017: Composing in the Classroom
Follow-up session and LSO evening concert*: Thursday 8 June, Barbican Centre

*Brahms Piano Concerto No 2, Nielsen Symphony No 5

Learn how to deconstruct and unpack a piece of music into simple building blocks that can be used as a starting point for classroom compositions. 

Monday 26 June 2017: Access Classical
Follow-up session and LSO evening concert*: Tuesday 11 July, Barbican Centre

*Wagner Tristan and Isolde, Bartok Piano Concerto No 2, Haydn The Imaginary Symphony

Travel through 300 years of music history and 4 western classical musical periods using composition to discover the main features of music from each period. From Baroque dance suites to the breakdown of rules in 20th century music, this session will cover the following:  

• Baroque: Dance Suites – binary form 
• Classical: Symmetrical structures – Rondo & Sonata form
• Romantic: The Programmatic Symphony 
• 20th Century: breakdown of the rules, Serialism 

Booking information

Creative Days take place on Mondays, 10am–3pm at LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG. 
Follow-Up sessions take place on weekday evenings, 6.30–7.15pm, followed by an LSO concert at 7.30pm at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS 

Cost to school: £75 + VAT per Creative Day per teacher

To book a place, please call Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891

You will not be charged at the time of booking – the LSO will invoice your school directly, following your booking. 
When booking you will be asked for the following details: 

  • Name and Position in school
  • School Name, Address & Borough
  • Email address (please make sure this is an email address you have personal access to rather than a generic school email address)

Contact

For further information about Creative Days, please contact Pia Luck, LSO Discovery Projects Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7382 2505.

 

Music in the Classroom Programme


Music in the Classroom is a year-long hands-on programme for Primary teachers and pupils in East London, regardless of musical or teaching experience.

Music in the Classroom has been running since 2005, led by the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education programme, LSO Discovery. Primary school teachers and their pupils will have the opportunity to explore classical music in engaging new ways, develop musical skills, learn hands-on games and warm-ups, work collaboratively, and create and perform group compositions.

As part of Music in the Classroom, teachers will receive:

  • Three creative projects (one per term), including visits from course leader Rachel Leach and professional musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra
  • A series of project training and support sessions for teachers throughout the year
  • Free places to creative music-making CPD workshops for staff and teachers from your school
  • Tickets for your class to attend an LSO Discovery Key Stage 2 Schools Concert at the Barbican Centre, featuring the full London Symphony Orchestra

“Before you [the LSO] came to our school I was not interested in music. Now after working with you I am learning to play the flute.” Redbridge Primary School student

Who is it for?

Music in the Classroom is open to Primary schools in East London (in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest) and is targeted at Key Stage 2 teachers and students. We are unable to offer places to independent schools.

Cost

Cost to school: £900 for year-long programme
This cost is subsidised by over £1000 per teacher by LSO Discovery

Further Information and How to Apply

Information on how to apply for Music in the Classroom 2017-18 will appear here soon.

If you're interested in applying for a place, or would like more information, please contact: David Nunn, LSO On Track Projects Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7382 2538. 

 

Resources for Teachers


Downloadable resources for classroom teachers

Use our specially created digital resources to help plan and deliver creative, fun and educational music activities in your classroom.

Available as both PDFs or iBooks for iOS/Macintosh computers, the resources linked below are designed to support the teaching of classroom music at Key Stage 2 level. The exercises and example projects contained within should help even non-specialists communicate key musical ideas.

Ravel's Bolero for Key Stage 2

Rachel Leach working with a class
 

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for KS3

The LSO perform The Rite of Spring
 

Written by animateur Rachel Leach, the pack is designed to help you use Ravel's Bolero in the classroom as a creative tool, and features easy warm-up activities, a step-by-step guide to composition and links to amazing HD footage of the LSO performing Ravel's famous work.

 

Available as an iBook (with embedded media for iPad) and a pdf file, this document is designed to help teachers of Key Stage 3 age students develop classroom projects around Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Using the recordings available on LSO Play as resources, you'll be able to introduce your students to the instruments of the orchestra, and help break down the performance into its constituent rhythmic and melodic parts.

 
 

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Arts Award


The London Symphony Orchestra is a registered Arts Award Supporter. This means that any young person pursuing an Arts Award will be able to fulfil part of their requirements through opportunities we offer.

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications.

LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education and community programme, offer a range of exciting music-based opportunities where young people working towards their Arts Award can:

For schools located in Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, there may be additional opportunities for students working towards their Arts Award as part of our LSO On Track programme. 

To find out more about our Arts Award offer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or explore the LSO Discovery section of our website to find out how our activities could contribute towards your Arts Award.

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Find out more about Arts Award on their website