Trusts and Foundations

Supporting LSO Discovery

The LSO is immensely grateful for the support it receives from charitable trusts, statutory funders and community partners.

The support of trusts and foundations enables LSO Discovery, the LSO’s education and community programme, to reach over 60,000 people a year through a wide range of projects designed to encourage all ages and abilities to engage with and participate in creative music.

Thank you to our trusts and foundations supporters

More about LSO Discovery

Below are just a few examples of the enormous impact trusts have had.

LSO On Track Special Schools

Robert Turner with special school pupil playing drums

In 2014 LSO Discovery received funding for a two year project working in special schools across East London. Running between May 2014 and April 2016 the project reached around 400 young people with learning disabilities.

The support enabled specialist animateurs and LSO musicians to deliver workshops in schools, specifically tailored to the needs of the young people in each setting. These workshops broke down pieces of music, based on the LSO repertoire, and encouraged students to create new compositions in response.

In addition to working with young people, classroom teachers and teaching assistants from 20 schools and specialist units undertook sessions with LSO musicians to improve their confidence in delivering music sessions in schools. LSO musicians also received training to support them in working with young people with learning disabilities, and allowed them to share good practice with each other. New resources were developed for use by teachers after the project with dynamic and inspiring ways to engage their students in music composition.

More about LSO On Track

LSO On Track Special Schools is supported by Youth Music and Marsh Corporation.

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LSO Create

LSO Create with the LSO on stage at the Barbican

LSO Create works with adults with learning disabilities and their supporters through a programme of music-making activity at LSO St Luke’s and in the community.

Throughout the year, 30 adults meet each month at LSO St Luke’s to create their own compositions, receive instrumental teaching and make music together. At the end of each year they perform their composition on the Barbican stage with the LSO.

Specifically tailored outreach workshops are also delivered in six day care settings to engage the community around LSO St Luke’s with the work of the LSO. Everyone who participates in these outreach sessions and workshops at LSO St Luke’s is encouraged to attend free monthly Friday Lunchtime Concerts performed by members of the LSO and students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

More about LSO Create

LSO Create is supported by The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

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Panufnik Composers Scheme

Panufnik Composers Workshop

'The Panufnik programme allows the public and the music world to discover the greatest British composers of the future, supported by one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the LSO.'

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

LSO Discovery’s pioneering Panufnik Composers Scheme was devised in collaboration with Lady Panufnik and named in memory of her late husband, composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. It provides a rare and exciting opportunity for young composers to workshop a three-minute piece they have written with the full LSO and a world class conductor, in front of a public audience at LSO St Luke’s. Following the public workshop, two of the most promising and innovative composers are commissioned to write a short piece for the LSO, which is premiered at the Barbican as part of the LSO’s main concert season.

To date, 57 composers have benefited from the programme and many have progressed into notable careers.

More about the Panufnik Composers Scheme

The Panufnik Composers Scheme is supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

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Young girl learning violin