Next Generation

Led by composer Howard Moody, the Next Generation scheme gives 50 young instrumentalists from East London the opportunity to work together over 7 monthly Creative Days to develop a collective musical composition for performance with the Orchestra in the Barbican Concert Hall.

The scheme is designed to give structured guidance, inspiration, creative tools and technical skills to the participants, building on their musical flair to help them develop as rounded musicians and leaders. LSO players sit among the creative groups and lead sessions on particular instrumental techniques and improvisation.

The focus of Next Generation is on precision of sound, articulation of ideas, and leadership, and young musicians thrive in areas in which they did not know they had strengths. Combining fluid exchange of ideas, technical guidance and focussed workshop sessions by LSO players, Next Generation creates an environment in which it is safe to take risks.

Next Generation performed with the LSO on the Barbican stage in June 2019.


If you live or go to school in one of the ten East London boroughs with which we work, please do be in touch with your local music service to discuss local opportunities or contact us to talk about other opportunities through LSO On Track.


For more information about music-making in your borough or through LSO On Track, please contact your local Music Service or Beth Kershaw on 020 7382 2538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LSO On Track Next Generation is generously supported by the Irving Memorial Trust, Hedley Foundation and Kirby Laing Foundation.


Next Generation concert at the Barbican