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. 


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:
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. 


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.


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