Sound Journeys is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's project that works with pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in South London.
Every year, two schools are recommended by local Music Hubs to take part in workshops with the LPO. Specialist LPO workshop leaders, with supporting LPO musicians, work with a selected group with the aims to:
- Introduce orchestral instruments – including opportunities to visit the orchestra during rehearsals at the Royal Festival Hall
- Increase musical awareness – differentiating between slow/fast, loud/soft and high/low
- Develop skills in composition
- Provide opportunities for performance – including sharing sessions at the end of each term within the school and possible performances at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall
- Increase communication and social skills through music i.e. listening, appraising, taking turns and group work
“Thank you so much for such a lovely day. The students had a fantastic time and were chatting about it the whole way back to school. It was a great opportunity to see the inner workings of an orchestra.”Teacher, Thomas Tallis School Deaf Support Centre, after the group's visit to the Royal Festival Hall to sit among the players on stage at an LPO rehearsal
To ensure the workshops meet the specific needs of the pupils, sessions are designed in conjunction with school staff.
Recent projects include at Aurora House, Wyvil Primary School's Centre for Children with Autism (Lambeth), the Centre for the Deaf at Rushey Green School (Lewisham) and Thomas Tallis School Deaf Support Centre (Royal Greenwich). The project also ran in Haymerle School (Southwark), working with young children with autism and social communication difficulties.
Sound Journeys is generously supported by Faraday, John Horniman’s Children’s Trust and The Viney Family.