LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies coaches a Woodwind Academy participant

LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies coaches a Woodwind Academy participant

LSO Academy

Each year the LSO Academy provides up to 30 promising young instrumentalists aged 14 to 24 with a unique opportunity to work with the great orchestral musicians of their time in a week of orchestral-focussed workshops and masterclasses at LSO St Luke’s.

2015 Academy: Woodwind

The Academy will take place at LSO St Luke’s in London from Friday 3 July to Tuesday 7 July 2015. The week will culminate in a public evening concert on Tuesday 7 July.

Coached by Gareth Davies, LSO Principal Flute; Kai Frömbgen, Principal Oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Professor of Oboe at Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf; Christopher Richards, LSO Principal Clarinet; Rachel Gough LSO Principal Bassoon. 

Download the application form for full information and to apply

The application deadline is Monday 12 January 2015. Auditions will take place in London and in Manchester in early March 2015.

NB: Extended deadline for universities and music colleges only is Wednesday 21 January 2015


  • Candidates should be aged between 14 and 24 on 7 July 2015.
  • All applicants should be in full-time study at a recognised school, college or university.
  • The minimum requirement for applications is ABRSM Grade 8 on the instrument on which the candidate is applying, or an equivalent standard if examinations have not been taken.
  • Candidates should be of British nationality, studying in the UK, or resident in the UK for at least three years.

LSO Academy is generously supported by the following Individuals, Trusts and Foundations:
Help Musicians UK
Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation
Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust
Fidelio Charitable Trust
The Candide Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Marsh Christian Trust
The Polonsky Foundation
The Winship Foundation
David HS Hobbs
Rod Stafford

2014 Academy: Strings 

The Academy took place at LSO St Luke's in London from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 July 2014.

The Academy culminated in a public evening concert at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 5 July. Academy students and LSO players showcased the solo and ensemble highlights from the Academy week.

‘I feel my playing and attitude to music has changed massively. I am very inspired by my week at the LSO Academy.’
Academy participant

The week culminated in a showcase concert.

The LSO Strings Academy was supported by The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Candide Trust, David HS Hobbs, The Derek Hill Foundation, The Fidelio Trust, F Roberts, Help Musicians UK, The Polonsky Foundation, Rod Stafford, The Winship Foundation.

Future Academies

The LSO Academy focuses on a different section of the orchestra every year. Future Academies will take place as follows:

  • 2016 Brass
  • 2017 Timpani and Percussion
  • 2018 Strings

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