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. 

2019/20 events

Secondary Schools Concert

Shock & Awe!
Wednesday 4 March 2020, 12pm
Barbican Hall


Animateur: 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.

A-Level Music Seminar

The last LSO Discovery A-Level Music Seminar took place on 12 November 2018 and covered set works and suggested listening from the Edexcel A-Level syllabus.

DEBUSSY Estampes, Nos. 1 and 2 (‘Pagodes’ and ‘La soirée dans Grenade’)
SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, movement 1

Philip Moore piano
Lyrit Milgram
Victoria Harrild
Rachel Leach 

Rachel Leach led an in-depth analysis of the two works, discussing aspects of structure, form, thematic material and harmony, all illustrated by musical extracts performed live by LSO musicians.

The seminar may also be of interest to younger students studying music at a high level who are thinking about progressing to A-Level.

The Debussy section of this year's A-Level Seminar was live streamed and is available to watch on the LSO's YouTube channel (where you will also be able to download the slides).

The 2016 A-Level Seminar on Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor, performed by Catherine Edwards, Rhys Watkins and Daniel Gardner, is available on the LSO's YouTube channel and is also available to watch below.


Most previous A-Level Seminars are available for students to watch on the LSO YouTube channel.

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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