Providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience, participate and learn.
None of this transformative work can happen without the critical support from appeals, trusts, foundations, charitable partners, individual supporters and corporate partners.
The need to secure the future of these programmes is now more urgent than ever to guarantee access to cultural activity for young people, many of whom are in challenging circumstances.
LSO Discovery is the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering community and education programme. Launched in 1990 and currently provides music-making and learning opportunities for over 60,000 people every year.
LSO On Track’s special schools programme encourages creative music-making in the classroom, through close and consistent contact with LSO musicians, devising ways of working, nurturing the talent of teachers and young people, and the creation of opportunities to share work with each other and with an audience.
It began with LSO musicians visiting the school to talk to a group of students, playing a range of music that interested everyone involved – participants and players alike. Culminating in a short performance of music devised by students working with the LSO team.
Creation of the Bexley North Borough Orchestra was designed to combat these challenges, bringing young musicians together on Saturday afternoons during the autumn and spring terms to continue development of their instrumental skills, rehearse alongside professional LSO musicians, receive mentoring from older, more experienced musicians, and experience the thrill of live music performance.
Drawing children from local primary schools, the orchestra’s membership more than doubled in 12 weeks, from first workshop to a half-term concert watched by parents. The intensive contact of the orchestra with the children allowed the music service to give scholarships, and one member of BNBO is now a regular member of an ensemble at the Sidcup Centre.