Secondary School Events

Concerts, Seminars and Resources aimed at Secondary Key Stages

Secondary Schools Concert Spring 2023

Booking for our Secondary Schools concert on Friday 24 February 2023 will open shortly. If you have any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

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 

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


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, Apple iBooks store and LSO Play itself.

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

Past events

Spark Catchers - the often secret story of women composers
Thursday 5 May 2022, 12pm
Animateur: Rachel Leach

A concert exploring fabulous forgotten or neglected female composers from across the centuries. For many years it just wasn’t socially accepted to be a composer and a woman so these pioneers often had to live a normal life alongside their music.
Discover the stories alongside the music and find out about the composer who might have also been a spy, the suffragette composer, the secret composer and the inspiring story of the Victorian match girls who started a revolution and inspired a wonderful 21st century piece

Secondary Schools Concert - Shock & Awe!
Wednesday 4 March 2020, 12pm
Presenter: Rachel Leach

The London Symphony Orchestra invites your students to be wowed by three incredible and unique pieces that shocked and surprised audiences when they were first performed and continue to do so today - Ravel’s endlessly hypnotic La Valse, Shostakovich’s ecstatic 5th Symphony and Barber’s poignantly beautiful Adagio for Strings. We will explore the stories behind these works, their clever construction and the political messages hidden within them. This concert is suitable for those wishing to further their studies and also for those new to the orchestra.


To find out about the next secondary level concert and be added to our secondary schools mailing list, please contact LSO Discovery on 020 7382 2526 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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