LPO Soundworks

A platform for creative and talented artists aged 14-19, uniting teenage musicians with young experts from other art forms

LPO Soundworks

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, 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.

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Taking part:LPO Soundworks participants

  • 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 & Immersive theatre

June 2019 at East Sussex Music
Working with a director from Brighton-based immersive theatre company Hydrocracker and LPO workshop leader and musicians, the LPO Soundworks ensemble explored elements of immersive theatre, creating other worlds through music, performing outdoors, playing their instruments in non-traditional ways, and even “playing” buildings, trees and other structures.

Creative Week: Music & Film

Soundworks ensemble film performance for web

April 2019 in London
At this year's Creative Week, we joined forces with the BFI Future Film Academy for the second time, to create brand new soundtracks for their short films.  The Soundworks ensemble created music for two comedies and one thriller film, with input from the BFI filmmakers and LPO musicians, culminating in a screening with live music performed at London's Southbank Centre.  During the project, the group also met film composer Ruth Chan, who shared her experiences from the professional world and offered composing tips and advice for aspiring young film composers.

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.

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, with young 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.