A platform for creative and talented artists aged 14-19, uniting teenage musicians with young experts from other art forms
Working side-by-side with LPO musicians, composers and professionals from across the arts, LPO Soundworks participants refine their skills, push their creative ideas to the limit, and learn new ways of working from other sectors, as well as gaining an insight into professional music development and performance.
“The music was collectively written and performed with zeal. Deep, important work.”Seen and Heard International, review of Music & Film performance, April 2017
The LPO Soundworks programme includes Spotlight Days, which offer an intensive focus on composing for specific art forms through hands-on activities, and a Creative Week, where participants devise a collaborative cross-arts performance piece, ultimately showcased in a public event. The LPO recruits the LPO Soundworks music ensemble, and works with partner organisations who recruit young people from their own arts specialism. All projects take place during school holidays.
Alongside this, our online space The Studio offers young composers insights and creative resources inspired by our live LPO Soundworks projects.
Next LPO Soundworks project:
Are you a creative musician aged 14-19? Do you love film? Do you enjoy experimenting, creating and collaborating?
Join the LPO Soundworks ensemble at our Creative Week on 6-10 April to devise new soundtracks for short films produced by the BFI Future Film Academy. Working alongside musicians and composers from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, talented filmmakers and a guest film composer, develop original music and perform it at a special screening at London's Southbank Centre. The project will take place in London, SE1. Apply by 4 March.
Applications have now closed.
- LPO Soundworks is open to instrumental players and composers aged 14-19 (places are sometimes limited for players of keyboard and electric instruments)
- There are no auditions to join the LPO Soundworks ensemble, but participants (including composers) should be technically confident on their instrument, and open to developing improvisational skills
- It costs £5 to attend Spotlight Days and £15 to attend the Creative Week (inclusive of a Royal Festival Hall concert ticket for Creative Week). Free places are available to participants in receipt of Pupil Premium
Past LPO Soundworks Projects:
Spotlight Day: Music & Dance
November 2018 at East Sussex Music
At our Autumn Spotlight Day we explored how music and dance influence each other, with choreographer Munya Muchati via South East Dance. The LPO Soundworks ensemble learned a sequence of movements to which they created different styles of music, to experiment with how the music and movement were affected by each other. They also created new music to a pre-choreographed dance sequence, and had the chance to find out about how dancers think about music, and how music inspires choreography.
Spotlight Day: Music & Theatre
June 2018 at East Sussex Music
We worked with live actors and creatives from London's iconic Old Vic theatre, including Oscar-nominated composer Gary Yershon, find out about music in a theatre context. How is music used in the theatre? How can music change the drama of a scene? We looked at contrasting texts, performed by the actors, and experimented with different musical approaches, led by an LPO workshop leader and musicians.
Creative Week: Music, Dance & Design
March/April 2018 in London
Taking inspiration from Stravinsky, whose work the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates this season, our Creative Week was a three-way collaboration: music, dance and design. We devised music for a performance based on the Persephone story at Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom on Wed 11 April, with teenage dancers from Rambert’s Generation 2 group. The performance was designed by students on the MA Performance Design & Practice Course at Central Saint Martins, inspired by our music.
LPO Soundworks - Persephone performance, April 2018
Performance of the culmination of our LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2018, featuring the LPO Soundworks music ensemble and dancers from Rambert's G2. Performance designed by Anru Zhao and Arek Spiewak, filmed on the Clore Ballroom at London's Southbank Centre.
LPO Soundworks is generously supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust, The Lawson Trust and John Thaw Foundation.