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Spring 2014 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!

The Ultimate Storyteller

Music workshops for 1- to 5-year-olds

Family Concert for 7- to 12-year-olds

Every Monday, 13 Jan to 24 Mar (except 17 Feb) 10–10.45am Group 1, 11–11.45am Group 2, 12–12.45pm Group 3 Clore Room 1, LSO St Luke’s

Sun 16 Feb 2.30–3.30pm (free foyer activities 1.15–2.15pm) Barbican Hall

Join the early years team in these fun, interactive and creative music sessions. In age-based groups of no more than 15, your child will receive individual attention as well as the chance to interact with musicians and other children. LSO players will join us for the last few sessions. Group allocation depends on the ages of the children drawn*. £95 full-term booking only *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 Monday 16 December 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 Wednesday 18 December. For full details visit or call Isabel Bedford on 020 7382 2556.

Alexandre Bloch conductor Rachel Leach presenter London Symphony Orchestra Join us on an exotic journey into the heart of the Arabian nights and meet the greatest storyteller of them all – Scheherazade. Discover how this beautiful princess stayed alive and awake for 1,001 nights and kept the evil Sultan enthralled with tales of Sinbad and his ship, a prince turned beggar, a wonderful love story and the amazing Baghdad Festival. Featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets £5 under-16s, £10 adults Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or book online at

Pre-concert workshops 10.30am–1pm, main foyers Get those creative juices flowing in these Arabian themed workshops. You’ll get the chance to compose your own music and make exotic props to bring into the concert. Tickets £5 per person Free foyer activities 1.15–2.15pm, main foyers Arrive early to join in with exciting activities – meet LSO players and practise your part for the participation piece. Crèche from 2pm, Fountain Room For children under seven, be sure to book a place at the free crèche – designed to occupy younger siblings while the main concert takes place. Open to concert bookers only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

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Concert for under-5s

Story telling with Vanessa King Fri 14 Mar 12.30–1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Especially designed for younger children, this concert will offer the chance to experience live music in an informal way. Join Vanessa King (pictured standing below) and LSO musicians for the concert as they re-tell a popular children’s story through music, dance and songs. Tickets £3 per person (under 12 months free, no ticket required) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 Supported by AXA Investment Managers

‘This is the third LSO family concert I’ve been to and each time I’ve brought an additional member of the family and done an extra activity. For the next one, we’re ALL going to do EVERYTHING! This is a fantastic day out for all the family.’ Susan Keeling LSO Family Concert attender  3

Lifelong learning Opportunities for everyone to find out more about music

Singing Days

Friday Lunchtime Concerts

Sat 4 Jan 11am–4.30pm Haydn The Creation Sat 25 Jan 11am–4.30pm Rachmaninov Vespers Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Fri 24 Jan; 21 Feb; 7 & 21 Mar 12.30–1.15pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Suitable for all ages over 16

LSO Singing Days provide an exciting opportunity to get to grips with classic and iconic choral works. Led by experienced choral directors, the day starts with singing workshops followed by an informal performance. Some sight-singing ability is required. Join LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey on 4 January when he’ll lead a workshop on selected arias and choruses from Haydn’s Creation. The Novello edition of the score, with English libretto, will be used and both the workshop and the performance will be accompanied by piano. On 25 January, LSO Community Choir conductor David Lawrence will lead a workshop on Rachmaninov Vespers. Tickets £17 per day (includes music hire) Please indicate your voice part when booking. Afternoon spectator tickets £5 per day (from 3pm) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at Part of LSO Sing which is supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Informal free concerts for all ages over 5

LSO Animateur Rachel Leach, LSO players and musicians from the Guildhall School present this term’s series focusing on music and colour, alongside a series of LSO concerts at the Barbican Free entry, just turn up on the day! For more information or group bookings, call Kate Gardner on 020 7382 2549 or email Supported by Coutts Charitable Trust, Rothschild Charities Committee and LSO Patrons

LSO Discovery Day:  Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Suitable for all ages over 12 Sun 2 Feb 10am–5.30pm Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke’s

Community Gamelan Group

A day of activities looking at music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with access to an LSO rehearsal, a chamber music session, a detailed Q&A with LSO players and insight from guest presenter BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Every Monday, 7 Jan–18 Mar (except 17 Feb) 5.30–8.30pm Clore Gamelan Room, LSO St Luke’s

Full day tickets £17 (£13.50 concessions) Afternoon only £12 (from 2.30pm) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

A Gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia featuring gongs, metallophones, drums and bamboo flutes. Led by Andy Channing, all parts are different and range from simple to more difficult, so anyone can have a go. Performance opportunities are offered throughout the year, as well as weekly workshops.

Sir Peter Maxwell Symphony No 10 The world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Tenth Symphony will be performed at the LSO’s concert at the Barbican on the same day at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 to £37 Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

Workshops for adults

Tickets £6.50 (£4.50 concessions) per week For full details visit or call Natalie Chivers on 020 7382 2535 or email 4  Lifelong learning

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LSO Open Rehearsal

Gamelan Concert

Sat 8 Feb 2.30–5.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Sat 22 Mar 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Jaap Van Zweden prepares the Orchestra for a Barbican concert on 9 February which features Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 and Rachmaninov Symphony No 2.

Led by Andy Channing, the LSO’s Community Gamelan Group and guests Lila Cita and Lila Bhawa will perform traditional and contemporary music on LSO St Luke’s beautiful Balinese gamelan. Immerse yourself in mesmerising music and dance from this integral part of Indonesian culture.

Suitable for all ages over 12

Tickets £4 Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

LSO Create

Suitable for all ages

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at

For adults with learning disabilities Mon 10 Feb, 3 Mar & 14 Apr 11am–3pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Join Mark Withers and LSO musicians in these interactive and inclusive workshops. Open to adults with learning disabilities and their carers. Free entry, pre-booking essential for all dates To book please call Natalie Chivers on 020 7382 2535 or email Supported by Rothschild Charities Committee, Sir David Scholey and LSO Friends

Community Choir Concert Suitable for all ages

Fri 21 Mar 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Crowd Out 

Suitable for all ages over 12 Rehearsals to take place from Spring 2014 Concerts on Sat 21 Jun 3.30pm & 6pm, Arnold Circus We are inviting you to take part in an exciting vocal project CROWD OUT. You will be one of 1,000 local people celebrating the energy and excitement of crowds performing a new work by American composer David Lang. You’ll get the chance to work with LSO Choral Director Simon Halsey and Community and Youth Choir Conductor David Lawrence in the lead up to and on the day of this exciting performance. Families, individuals and groups of friends alike are invited to take part and no singing or musical experience is required. To register your interest please contact Kate Gardner on or call 020 7382 2549 Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult Part of LSO Sing which is supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

The LSO Community Choir presents its Spring Concert with conductor David Lawrence, showcasing the creative talents of British composers and arrangers including Craig McLeish, Ruairi Edwards and Jay Stannard. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at Part of LSO Sing which is supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust  5

Young musicians Developing the musicians of tomorrow

Digital Technology Group

Panufnik Composers Workshop

Every Monday at 4pm, 20 Jan to 31 Mar (except 17 Feb) Candide Discovery Room, LSO St Luke’s

Fri 7 Feb 10am–1pm, 2–6pm Jerwood Hall, 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.

Get a glimpse into a composer’s creative process and watch from the audience as this year’s Panufnik Young Composers develop their music with the LSO, joined by conductor François-Xavier Roth and composition director Colin Matthews. Featuring works by Kim Ashton, Benjamin Graves, Jae-Moon Lee, Elizabeth Ogonek, James Moriarty, Aaron Parker and Richard Whalley.

Workshops for 12- to 18-year-olds

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. Free to join, booking essential To book call Chris Rogers on 020 7566 2878 or email

For all ages over 12

Free entry, booking essential Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at The Panufnik Young Composers Scheme is supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

Orchestral Artistry Masterclasses

Supported by LSO Friends

Suitable for all ages over 12

LSO Soundhub Showcase: New Works for chamber ensemble

Sat 8 Feb 7.30pm–10pm: Paul Silverthorne (viola) Thu 13 Feb 3pm–6pm: Adam Walker (flute) Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Suitable for all ages over 12 Sat 11 Jan 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

LSO Soundhub provides a flexible space where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment. This concert is a chance to meet five of the composers in their second year of Soundhub membership as they introduce a series of new chamber works written for the uniquely talented musicians of the LSO. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at LSO Soundhub is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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Musicians from the Guildhall School will be coached by LSO Principal Viola Paul Silverthorne (8 Feb) and LSO Principal Flute Adam Walker (13 Feb) as part of the Guildhall’s Orchestral Artistry course which is focused on developing the diverse skills required to become professional orchestral musicians. Free entry, no need to book in advance.

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LSO Youth Choir Concert  Suitable for all ages

Mon 31 Mar 7.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s Come and support the LSO Youth Choir (below) in their end-of-term Spring concert, in which the Juniors and Seniors will present a wide variety of repertoire under the direction of their newly-appointed conductors Lucy Griffiths and David Lawrence. Tickets £3 children, £5 adults Barbican Box Office 020 7638 8891 or online at Part of LSO Sing which is supported by the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust LSO Youth Choir is supported by Slaughter and May Charitable Trust

At a glance Spring 2014 Events Calendar Weekly events from Mon 7 Jan from Mon 13 Jan from Mon 20 Jan

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

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January Sat 4 Jan 11am Sat 11 Jan 7.30pm Fri 24 Jan 12.30pm Sat 25 Jan 11am

Singing Day: Haydn The Creation LSO Soundhub Showcase Friday Lunchtime Concert Singing Day: Rachmaninov Vespers

February Sun 2 Feb 10am Fri 7 Feb 10am Sat 8 Feb 2.30pm Sat 8 Feb 6.30pm Mon 10 Feb 11am Thu 13 Feb 3pm Sun 16 Feb 2.30pm Fri 21 Feb 12.30pm

LSO Discovery Day 5 Panufnik Composers Workshop 6 LSO Open Rehearsal 4 Orchestral Artistry Masterclass 6 LSO Create 5 Orchestral Artistry Masterclass 6 Family Concert ‘The Ultimate Storyteller’ 2 Friday Lunchtime Concert 4

March Mon 3 Mar 11am Fri 7 Mar 12.30pm Fri 14 Mar 12.30pm Fri 21 Mar 12.30pm Fri 21 Mar 7.30pm Sat 22 Mar 7.30pm Mon 31 Mar 7.30pm

LSO Create Friday Lunchtime Concert Concert for under-5s Friday Lunchtime Concert Community Choir Concert Gamelan Concert LSO Youth Choir Concert

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April Mon 14 Apr 11am

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‘My son said after a rehearsal on Monday, ‘It’s not fair, choir rehearsals are too short!’ And on Tuesday morning he said to me that he wished it was Monday again! I knew he liked singing, but I did not expect such enthusiasm.’ LSO Youth Choir parent  7

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