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:
Our next Spotlight Day will be on Sunday 25 November, 10.15am-5.00pm at East Sussex Music, Lewes. The focus of the day will be music and dance, working with a workshop leader and LPO musicians, and a choreographer and dancers from South East Dance. Find out how dance and music feed off each other, what makes music good to dance to, and how movement can influence your musical composition.
Applications for the Spotlight Day in Lewes 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 & 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.
Spotlight Day: Music & Film
Sunday 26 November 2017 at East Sussex Music
An intensive day finding out about music and film at our first residency at East Sussex Music. Young musicians met a professional film composer, took part in a foley workshop and split into groups to create soundtracks for short film extracts, working first with the mood of the film, and then against it, to see what effect music has on the audience.
Spotlight Day: Music & Theatre
Thursday 27 July 2017 in London
What can live music bring to the drama, characters and emotions of a play? With professional insights from composers and actors, young musicians created music for scenes from Shakespeare and more modern plays, exploring how music can affect the meaning of the text, how the text influences the creation of the music, and practical considerations when composing for live theatre.
Creative Week: Music & Film
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.
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.
LPO Soundworks is generously supported by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Lawson Trust, Lucille Graham Trust, John Thaw Foundation, Souter Charitable Trust and an anonymous donor.