London Symphony Orchestra launches its award-winning LSO Play app in Japan

The London Symphony Orchestra announced today that its award-winning free interactive and immersive web app LSO Play, which allows audiences to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere is now available fully translated into Japanese.

The app is supplemented by teacher resource packs 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. All of this is now translated and the supporting video content has Japanese surtitles.

Users view the orchestra from four camera angles simultaneously, and switch between them during the performance, focussing on anything from the tips of a drumstick to the violinists' fingers.

There are seven concert performances to choose from all filmed in HD featuring the LSO and leading conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Michael Tilson Thomas and Valery Gergiev. The newest performance, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Noseda, was added earlier in 2021.

The British Council have supported the development of the Japanese language version of LSO Play. An online programme of activity delivered in partnership between LSO Discovery and British Council Japan across the Summer of 2021 will support Japanese music teachers and musicians in delivering creative music workshops for their communities, using the repertoire and resources available on LSO Play.

Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra said; ‘The pandemic prompted a rapid redevelopment to on-line delivery of our education and learning projects in the UK and around the world by LSO musicians and our LSO Discovery team. With the assistance of our long-term partners British Council Japan we have managed to continue our projects that began in 2018/19 that were on hold in 2020 but can now be realised digitally right up to the new Olympic Games dates in 2021. The launch of LSO Play in Japanese will be an ongoing legacy of the work with our partners.’

Matthew Knowles, Director of British Council Japan, comments: 'Since its first visit in 1963, the LSO has won friends in all parts of Japan. Not only has the orchestra delivered outstanding performances, but it has nurtured shared projects with communities. LSO Play in Japanese celebrates the strong cultural links between our countries, enabling audiences to experience the orchestra like never before, with all of the wonder waiting to be discovered.’

Earlier this year in collaboration with CorpArtes Foundation in Chile, a Spanish language version of LSO Play was launched.

For further information:

Christopher Millard, Head of Press & External Relations, London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
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Note to Editors

LSO Discovery in Japan

The LSO started its pioneering music education and community programme “Discovery” in 1990, aiming to engage and involve people of all ages and backgrounds in orchestral music and to open doors to the inspirational world of the LSO. In 2008, as an extension of Discovery, LSO On Track was launched, focusing specifically on the ten East London boroughs including the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games host boroughs, which enabled young musicians to access inspirational music making opportunities alongside LSO players and culminated in the performance at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the first stage of the legacy project in Japan, which took place in August 2018, Rachel Leach, LSO workshop leader and composer, trained a group of professional musicians in Japan to develop the skills and confidence necessary to lead a creative music-making workshop for a diverse audience. Following the training, the Japanese musicians, joined by two LSO musicians and Rachel Leach, led a series of workshops and engaged with diverse groups (a mixed group of children of different ages and levels of musical experience; disabled children at a day care facility; and older people, including those living with dementia, at a care facility) to collaboratively create a piece of music. On 29 September in

2018, coinciding with the LSO's last Japan tour, they performed a newly composed piece in front of an audience.

The LSO continues to collaborate with the British Council Japan and build partnerships to expand the project in Japan in the run-up to the 2021 Olympic Games, aiming to engage diverse members of the community in the creation of music, and to see an increased number of Japanese musicians acting as leaders of creative education programmes in Japan. More information can be found here:

LSO Play Awards

Awards include gold and silver in the 2018 Lovie Awards (Cultural Institutions and Best User Experience categories respectively), 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.

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