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. 

2017/18 events 

A-Level Music Seminar

This year’s LSO Discovery A-Level Music Seminar, which took place on 30 October 2017, covered set works and suggested listening from the Edexcel A-Level syllabus.

Presenter Rachel Leach led an in-depth analysis of all works, discussing aspects of structure, form, thematic material and harmony, all illustrated by musical extracts. LSO musicians William Melvin, Sarah Quinn, Anna Bastow and Daniel Gardner, plus tenor James Way and pianist Clive Williamson performed all three works live.

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS On Wenlock Edge Nos 1, 3, 5
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Op 59 No 3: movements 3 and 4 

Rachel Leach presenter

The Vaughan Williams section of this year's A-Level seminar was live streamed for the first time via the LSO YouTube channel. Click below to watch and download the slides used in Rachel's presentation here

For more information about the seminar, please contact Celia Wynne Willson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

Click below to watch the 2016 A-Level seminar on the first movement from Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor.

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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