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London Symphony Orchestra LSO Discovery


Autumn 2013 LSO St Luke’s UBS and LSO Music Education Centre

Get involved with music Learn – Create – Participate

Families and children Fun and interactive family-friendly events

Shake, Rattle and Roll!


Music workshops for 1- to 5-year-olds

Family Concert for 7- to 12-year-olds

Every Monday, 16 Sep to 25 Nov (except 28 Oct) 10–10.45am Babies, 11–11.45am Cruisers, 12–12.45pm Toddlers Clore Room 1, LSO St Luke’s

Sun 27 Oct 2.30–3.30pm (free foyer activities 1.15–2.15pm) Barbican Hall

Join in these fun, interactive music sessions with Vanessa King which give your child the chance to interact creatively with LSO musicians and other children. Group sizes are limited to 15, ensuring all children receive individual attention from the Early Years team.

Timothy Redmond conductor Rachel Leach presenter London Symphony Orchestra Join Rachel Leach as she guides you through a spine-tingling, spooky programme, including Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre.

£95 full-term booking only Tickets £5 under-16s, £10 adults Due to the popularity of these workshops, places are drawn out of a hat. If you would like to take part, email by 5pm on Wednesday 21 August to be entered into the Shake, Rattle and Roll draw. Please include: child’s name, date of birth and a phone number. Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 23 August. For full details visit or call Isabel Bedford 020 7382 2556.

Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or book online at A free crèche is available for under-7s for the duration of the concert, booking essential (via Barbican Box Office)

Pre-Concert Family workshops 10.30am–1pm Barbican Foyers Summon up your courage and join us at these witchy workshops…with creepy craft activities and music to make you shiver, all you’ll be missing is the broom and black cat! Tickets £5 (adults & children) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 Open to Family Concert bookers only. Children must be accompanied by an adult

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Family Backstage Pass: Berlioz

Concerts for under-5s

Thu 31 Oct 6pm Barbican Hall

Fri 22 Nov (times below) Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Berlioz Overture: Waverley Les nuits d’été Symphonie fantastique

Vanessa King and LSO musicians re-tell a popular children’s story through music. Join in with all the songs and musical games we come across on our journey and hear how the instruments bring the story to life.

For families with over-12s

Rachel Leach presenter Valery Gergiev conductor Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano London Symphony Orchestra Join Rachel Leach as she leads this pre-concert creative session for families with over-12s on Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, followed by the full concert at the Barbican Hall with the LSO and Valery Gergiev.

Story telling with Vanessa King

10.30–11.15am: Nurseries & Children’s Centres £2 per person, limited to 50 places per group. To book, email 12.30–1.15pm: Families £3 per person (under 12 months free, no ticket required). Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 Supported by AXA Investment Managers

Combined session + concert ticket £7 under-16s, £16 adults Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 Telephone booking only, quote ‘guided concert’.

‘This was our first ever visit to see the LSO and for our two children (aged 8 and 10) the first time they had been to a classical concert!’ Tremaine and Tanya Moore, LSO Family Concert audience  3

Lifelong learning Opportunities for everyone to find out more about music

Community Gamelan Group

Friday Lunchtime Concerts

Every Monday, 2 Sep–11 Nov (except 28 Oct) Clore Gamelan Room, LSO St Luke’s

Fri 27 Sep; 11 & 25 Oct; 8 Nov 12.30–1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

5.30–7pm Beginners 7.15–8.30pm Intermediates & Advanced

Join LSO players and Guildhall musicians as they explore Russian music with presenter Rachel Leach.

A Gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia featuring gongs, metallophones, drums and bamboo flutes. The Gamelan Group offers sessions for beginners through to experienced players, so anyone can have a go.

Free entry, just turn up on the day!

Tickets £6.50 (£4.50 concessions) per week

Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

Creative workshops for adults

Informal free concerts for all ages over 5

For more information or group bookings, call Helen Innes on 020 7382 2512 or email

To book call Isabel Bedford on 020 7382 2556 or email

LSO Create

LSO Open Rehearsal

Mon 9 Sep, 7 Oct & 4 Nov 10.30am–3pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Sat 28 Sep 10am–2pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Join Mark Withers, LSO musicians and other special guests to explore the music of the London Symphony Orchestra in these interactive and inclusive workshops. Try an instrument, do some creative music making of your own and have a go at performing and sharing your music with others. Open to adults with learning disabilities and their care workers.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda puts the LSO through its paces ahead of the Barbican concert on Sun 29 Sep. Includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No 6.

For adults with learning difficulties

Free entry, pre-booking essential for all dates To book please contact Isabel Bedford by Monday 26 August on 020 7382 2556 or email Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee, Sir David Scholey and LSO Friends

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For all ages over 5

Tickets £4 Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 Telephone booking only

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LSO Discovery Days:  Shostakovich & Berlioz For all ages over 12

Sun 29 Sep 10am–5.30pm Shostakovich Sun 3 Nov 10am-5.30pm Berlioz Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke’s In-depth discovery days on the lives and works of Dmitri Shostakovich (Sun 29 Sep) and Berlioz (Sun 3 Nov), with access to LSO rehearsals, followed by lectures and chamber performances from LSO players in the Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s. Full day tickets £17 (£13.50 concessions) Afternoon only £12 Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

Gamelan Concert Suitable for all ages

Sun 17 Nov 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s LSO Community Gamelan Group plus special guests Come and immerse yourself in an exciting performance of traditional and contemporary Balinese music. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

Community Choir Concert Suitable for all ages

Mon 18 Nov 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Brighten up a wet and windy November evening by coming to watch the dynamic LSO Community Choir in their Autumn concert. There will be a whole mixture of repertoire from Bach to Bublé, reggae to Rachmaninov, as well as some trademark audience participation, all under the encouraging eye of the choir’s newly appointed Associate Conductor, David Lawrence. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at Part of LSO Sing which is generously supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

The LSO Community Choir will also be performing in the UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica concert, featuring English composer Andrew Smith’s Requiem, at LSO St Luke’s on Tue 26 Nov. Visit for more details.  5

Young musicians Developing the musicians of tomorrow

Digital Technology Group Workshops for 12- to 18-year-olds

Every Monday at 4pm, 23 Sep to 25 Nov (except 28 Oct) Candide Discovery Room, LSO St Luke’s The Digital Technology Group (DTG) is an initiative set up by the LSO to support aspiring young musicians, composers and producers (aged 13 to 20) in the local area. Whether your interests are in rock, hip-hop or classical music, DTG can provide you with the skills to record and produce your music using professional studio equipment. Through regular hands-on sessions with industry experts and collaboration with other young musicians, you will have the opportunity to develop your music and creative performance skills.

LSO Soundhub Worker’s Union Ensemble For all ages over 12

Sat 9 Nov 7.30–9.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s LSO Soundhub is the LSO’s initiative to support up-andcoming composers across a wide range of musical genres. Based at LSO St Luke’s, Soundhub provides a flexible space where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, with access to vital resources, support from industry professionals and LSO players.

To book call Chris Rogers on 020 7566 2878 or email

The Workers Union Ensemble, in association with LSO Soundhub, presents the London date of their PRS for Music funded Constructing a Repertoire tour. The concert will feature new works by Joe Cutler, Daniel Saleeb and Composer-in-Association Matthew Kaner alongside pieces by Laurence Crane and Matthew Shlomowitz. The concert will also feature the final of the ensemble’s Call for Works competition.

Supported by LSO Friends

Tickets £10 (£5 concessions)

Free to join, booking essential

Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

Centre for Orchestra: Masterclass with Emanuel Ax For all ages over 12

For more details, including Soundhub Showcase events on Sat 11 Jan & 28 Jun 2014, visit LSO Soundhub is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Wed 9 Oct 3pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Musicians from the Guildhall School will be coached by pianist Emanuel Ax. Free entry, booking essential Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at A unique collaboration between the LSO, Guildhall School and Barbican to create the world’s leading strategic alliance for performance, training and education in the arts.

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‘LSO Soundhub has been an inspiring opportunity, linking me to both a worldclass orchestra, and the skills and knowledge of my peers.’ Dan Stern, Soundhub Associate

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Britten’s ‘Friday Afternoons’  Suitable for all ages

Fri 22 Nov 6pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Join some of LSO Discovery’s younger participants as they explore Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons, a set of twelve songs written for school children. Part of a national initiative by Aldeburgh Music to encourage as many young people as possible to sing the songs on what would have been Britten’s 100th birthday. The short and witty songs were written for the composer’s schoolmaster brother and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon. Free entry, booking essential To book, call Beth Kershaw on 020 7382 2505 or email

At a glance Autumn 2013 Events Calendar Weekly events from Mon 2 Sep from Mon 16 Sep from Mon 23 Sep

Community Gamelan Group Shake, Rattle & Roll! Digital Technology Group

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September Mon 9 Sep 10.30am Fri 27 Sep 12.30pm Sun 29 Sep 10am

LSO Create Friday Lunchtime Concert Discovery Day: Shostakovich

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October Mon 7 Oct 10.30am Wed 9 Oct 3pm Fri 11 Oct 12.30pm Fri 25 Oct 12.30pm Sun 27 Oct 2.30pm Thu 31 Oct 6pm

LSO Create Centre for Orchestra: Emanuel Ax Friday Lunchtime Concert Friday Lunchtime Concert Family Concert ‘Witches’ Family Backstage Pass: Berlioz

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November Sun 3 Nov 10am Mon 4 Nov 10.30am Fri 8 Nov 12.30pm Sat 9 Nov 7.30pm Sun 17 Nov 7.30pm Mon 18 Nov 7.30pm Fri 22 Nov (morning) Fri 22 Nov 6pm

Discovery Day: Berlioz LSO Create Friday Lunchtime Concert LSO Soundhub: Worker’s Union Ensemble Gamelan Concert LSO Community Choir Concert Concerts for under-5s Britten’s ‘Friday Afternoons’

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‘The opportunity to get to know, share ideas with, and develop a community as the Soundhub cohort has been fantastic.’ Soundhub Associate  7

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Contact us If you would like further information on anything mentioned in this newsletter please contact: Kate Gardner, LSO Discovery London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS

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Inspire Autumn 2013  

Get involved with music. Learn – Create – Participate.

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