"I really enjoyed working with other musicians to help create music based on a story."
Spring 2016 project participants
"It inspired me to choreograph in more unusual styles that are out of my comfort zone."
LPO Soundworks is 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 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.
- 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 young 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
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.
This year's LPO Soundworks programme:
Spotlight Day: Music & Dance
Monday 24 October 2016
Join us for a mixture of discussion, professional insights and hands-on composition activities, alongside dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert’s youth dance company.
Applications for the Music & Dance Spotlight Day are now closed
Creative Week: Music & Film
Wednesday 29 March 2017 (evening)
3–6, 8 April 2017 (full days)
In this year’s Creative Week, LPO Soundworks musicians will devise music for short films by talented young filmmakers from the BFI Future Film Academy. Compose, refine and perform your soundtracks live in a special screening in London’s Southbank Centre on 8 April. Participants on this project will also be invited to the London Philharmonic Orchestra concert taking place after their own performance.
To find out more about our last LPO Soundworks Creative Week, where young musicians and dancers collaborated on a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, read our Soundworks Diaries.
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.
LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2016 - composing for dance, with young dancers from Quicksilver