Sound Journeys

Sound Journeys is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's project that works with pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in South London.

Sound Journeys

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

To ensure the workshops meet the specific needs of the pupils, sessions are designed in conjunction with school staff.

“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

In 2015-16 we continue our work at the Deaf Support Centre at Thomas Tallis School, Royal Greenwich.  In the autumn term students from Years 7–10 composed music for silent film and visited the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall, where they sat among the players on the stage and could feel and hear the vibrations of the sound.

We will visit Thomas Tallis again in the summer term for more sessions in school.  In the Spring and Summer terms we will also begin projects at Aurora House, Wyvil Primary School’s Centre for Children with Autism (Lambeth).

Last year, the project at Thomas Tallis School Deaf Support Centre included a visit to an LPO rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, to experience the music of Olivier Messiaen. Across the year they also worked on creative music-making and composition, and delved into the world of opera by exploring Carmen, with support from LPO musicians and specialist workshop leaders.

The project also ran in Haymerle School, working with young children with autism and social communication difficulties.

Sound Journeys is generously supported by The Boshier Hinton Foundation, The John Horniman's Children's Trust, The Souter Charitable Trust, One anonymous donor and Education Partner Faraday.