LPO Soundworks

LPO Soundworks is 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 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 in central London during school holidays.


Taking part:

  • LPO Soundworks is open to instrumental players and composers aged 14-19 (places are sometimes limited for players of keyboard and electric instruments)
  • LPO Soundworks musicians can sign up for individual Spotlight Days, just the Creative Week, or all three projects
  • 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

“The music was collectively written and performed with zeal. Deep, important work.”

Seen and Heard International, review of Music & Film performance, April 2017

We are now recruiting musicians for our 2016/17 LPO Soundworks programme, and are interested in hearing from players and composers excited by devising new music and art, exploring and experimenting, and learning from some of the best in the business.

Next LPO Soundworks project:

Spotlight Day: Music & Theatre

Thursday 27 July 2017

What can live music bring to the drama, characters and emotions of a play? Join us in the pit to learn about writing music for the stage, devising music for short scenes in partnership with top theatre professionals.

Sign up to take part in LPO Soundworks


Previous projects this year:

Creative Week: Music & Film

March/April 2017 
In this year’s Creative Week, LPO Soundworks musicians devised music for short films by talented young filmmakers from the BFI Future Film Academy, which they performed at a special screening in London’s Southbank Centre on 8 April.  Along the way they met a professional film composer to find out about what it's like in the business, and took part in hands-on excercises in foley (sound effects) and the different effect music can have on moving image. Soundworks performance 2017LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2017 - screening of BFI Future films with live soundtrack performed by LPO Soundworks ensemble

Spotlight Day: Music & Dance
Monday 24 October 2016
A mixture of discussion, professional insights and hands-on composition activities, alongside dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert’s youth dance company.

9 April 8LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2016 - composing for dance, with young dancers from Quicksilver

To find out more about our last LPO Soundworks Creative Week in 2016, where young musicians and dancers collaborated on a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, read our Soundworks Diaries.

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LPO Soundworks is generously supported by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Souter Charitable Trust.