LSO Create - Autumn Project

LSO Discovery are running an online project for over 16s through our LSO Create programme in the Autumn term, so if you're not at school/college and might be interested in taking part read on!

We will run three projects each lasting 3 weeks and if you’d like to take part, you’d only need to pick one of the three projects.  For each project, there will be a beginning and end group session with all of the participants together on Zoom, plus weekly online 1:1 sessions between participants and musicians for 3 weeks.  
We’re going to use three of the pieces on LSO Play and the pieces we will focus on are:
Project 1: Elgar – Enigma Variations
Project 2: Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique
Project 3: Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
We will run all of the sessions on Zoom, or by phone for participants who don’t have an internet connection/technology to use Zoom.  You are very welcome to take part even if you don’t have an instrument at home.
Here are the dates for the three projects – the 1:1 sessions will most likely take place on either Wednesday, Thursdays or Friday mornings:

You would only need to commit to one of the three digital projects.  Ideally for the project you chose, you’d be able to commit to the first Monday group session and the final Friday session, plus a regular slot each week for your 1:1 sessions.  

If you aren't at school/college and would like to take part in one of the digital projects this term, please email by Thursday 24th September to let us know if you would like to do project 1, 2 or 3.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and you will be contacted on Friday 25th September to confirm either way.

Extra interactive activities
If you are unable to join us for the project, you may also be interested in the following interactive activities (please note these videos are for personal use and cannot be shared publicly or on social media).

Watch these short videos to meet some musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, see them introduce their instrument, explore with us a variety of different sounds, styles and ways of playing, and listen to some fun pieces music. You can join in at any point to sing along, dance, move or respond to the music however you would like.

Violin with Clare Duckworth

Cello with Amanda Truelove

Trumpet with David Elton

Flute with Gareth Davies

Percussion with Sam Walton


Activity 1: Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune: Visual or Sensory activity
LSO Animateur Mark Withers leads young people through a step-by-step exploration of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, using the music to inspire five different pieces of creative artwork or sensory responses.

Activity 2: Elgar Enigma Variations: Explore and Create your own variations
Join LSO Animateur Mark Withers for this exploration of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Find out more about the people and story behind the music, and follow Mark’s steps to create your own variations.

Activity 3: Ravel Bolero: Play along
Explore Ravel’s Bolero with Mark Withers and have a go at joining in with the London Symphony Orchestra by playing, singing or clapping along. Follow Mark’s instructions in the video to do this. You might have an instrument or iPad at home or you could have a go at making your own instrument by using things from around your house.