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)


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.


Teacher leading music session