25 years of education and community
25 years of education and community work through LSO Discovery.
In 2015 LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s world-leading music education and community programme, celebrated a quarter of a century.
It all began in the late 1980s, when LSO cellist Francis Saunders began to explore how the Orchestra could incorporate education work into its schedule. In 1990 the LSO appointed its first Head of Education and three years later the increasingly innovative programme was re-named LSO Discovery.
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Education and outreach is now an inextricable part of the LSO’s DNA. LSO Discovery exists to offer inspiring musical experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds who have not necessarily had much contact with classical music and musicians.
It also provides support and training for emerging young instrumentalists, composers and conductors, and gives insight into music for members of the public who would like to learn more. LSO Discovery work is captured and disseminated digitally, for individual enthusiasts, learners and teachers in the UK and worldwide. LSO Discovery brings LSO Members into contact with a wider public, as well as developing their interests and skills.
'The LSO's Discovery programme has been a source of great pleasure to me as a player... The spirit that motivates the Orchestra's activity is something rare and I hope that it enriches the lives of those with whom we come into contact.' Robert Turner, LSO viola.
By including LSO Discovery participants in the highest profile events, such as international tours, the 2012 Olympic Games and concerts with Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO demonstrates its belief in the immutable place of music education as the foundation of all great music-making.