LSO Discovery: Digital activities for schools, young people and families

Fun, creative music-based tasks for young people, to continue learning whether you’re at home or at school.

Key Stage 1 (ages 5+)

Olivia Forms a Band

Join Rachel Leach and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra for our new online, interactive Sound Explorers concert based on the popular children’s book Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. We invite primary school children and their families to join in with this 30-minute musical version of Olivia Forms A Band. Sing and play along with three original songs, hear pieces of classical music performed by LSO musicians and see illustrations from the book on screen, all helping us to tell the story.

> Visit Olivia Forms a Band

Where's Simon?

An online concert, suitable for families and carers with children aged 5+, featuring Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the LSO.

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra have been adjusting to life at home, but they have missed playing together. Simon was supposed to have been attending the wedding of his old friend Figaro but sadly couldn't travel there. The LSO players suggested doing a special online concert for him and Simon agreed to conduct! 

The time arrives for online sectional rehearsals and all the players gather but... Where's Simon?

Once you've enjoyed the Where's Simon? concert, test out what you have learnt by trying out our quiz and explore some listening recommendations directly from the LSO players.

> Watch the concert now

Key Stage 2 (ages 7+)

How to Build an Orchestra

Discover everything about orchestras and their instruments with our beautifully illustrated children's book How to Build An Orchestra produced in association with Hachette Children‘s Group. 

Click here to buy the book and to find free resources for young people and families at home, or teachers in school. Suitable for ages 7+.

Visit How to Build an Orchestra

Key Stages 2 and 3 (ages 7+)

Where's Simon?

An online concert, suitable for families and carers with children aged 5+, featuring Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the LSO.

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra have been adjusting to life at home, but they have missed playing together. Simon was supposed to have been attending the wedding of his old friend Figaro but sadly couldn't travel there. The LSO players suggested doing a special online concert for him and Simon agreed to conduct! 

The time arrives for online sectional rehearsals and all the players gather but... Where's Simon?

Once you've enjoyed the Where's Simon? concert, test out what you have learnt by trying out our quiz below and explore some listening recommendations directly from the LSO players.

Watch the concert now

LSO Play Activities

The award-winning* LSO Play is a free interactive and immersive web app, allowing you to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere.

Find teacher resource packs for Key Stage 2 and 3 to use in classroom music lessons, Listening Activities for young people to do at home or in school, as well as masterclasses with LSO players and listening guides with information on the musical background

Choose from six performances, all filmed in HD during the LSO’s Barbican season.

> Visit LSO Play

How to find the resources
Go to LSO Play and click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of each performance. 
Follow the link to Explore Orchestra where you will find all associated free resources for schools, young people, students or those interested in finding out more.

* Awards include gold and silver in the 2018 Lovie Awards (Cultural Insitutions and Best User Experience categories respecitvely), the 2014 Webby Awards (Music category), a silver in the 2014 Lovie Awards (Best User Experience category) and the FWA's coveted Site of the Day.

Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)

Music Revision

A playlist of revision shorts from LSO Discovery to support students studying Music A-level.
Watch revision videos

Music Seminars

Seminars to support students studying for A-level Music. With in-depth analysis of set works and performances from LSO Players.
Watch seminars 

Resources for All

LSO Play

The award-winning* LSO Play is a free interactive and immersive web app, allowing you to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere. View the orchestra from four camera angles simultaneously, and switch between them during the performance. You can focus on anything from the tips of a drumstick to the violinists' fingers. Choose from six performances, all filmed live in HD.

Explore further to find masterclasses with LSO players and listening guides with information on the musical background.
Visit LSO Play

iTunes U Channel
Learn more about the music

LSO Discovery maintains an active and rich iTunes U channel, featuring resources more tailored to those wanting a deeper understanding of music. Video series include A-Level seminars; Artist Conversations; and Compose Yourself, a collection of resources for composers.

Visit the LSO iTunes U channel

Downloads

All above resources are available to download or access for free. Teacher Resource packs and LSO Play Listening Tasks for Key Stage 2 and 3 can be found on tes.com, Apple iBooks store and LSO Play itself.

View the LSO resources on tes.com
> View the LSO resources on Apple iBooks store: Search “LSO Discovery” in the iBooks app on Mac, iPad or iPhone