Moving Music

Help us bring the joy of music to millions

The LSO Moving Music Fundraising Campaign


An initiative by Arts Council England has created the potential to raise a total of £9 million for the Orchestra. This would provide an unprecedented platform for development, enabling the LSO to nurture new talent, expand its educational work, and engage and inspire new audiences worldwide.

I have been very privileged to share 50 years of extraordinary music-making with this Orchestra. It is my personal commitment to ensure that the LSO will keep on working on its wonderful task of making the best music available to everyone. I hope you will be able to support this campaign.

Sir Colin Davis, former LSO President

The LSO has always been committed to extending music’s reach and impact. Not only through performance but also through education and outreach work, often with those who might never encounter orchestral music otherwise. The award-winning LSO Discovery programmes prove that this experience can be truly life-changing. Now, the LSO has the chance to secure £3 million of new funding from Arts Council England – on the condition that it raises £6 million itself. With this major new funding, the LSO aims to take music beyond the concert hall, using digital technology to capture key performances and share them with over one million people worldwide every year.

For many, this will be their first experience of hearing and seeing a live symphony orchestra. The recordings will help transform the scope of the LSO Discovery programme, which is at the heart of this campaign, bringing new musical experiences to an extra 100,000 young people each year, as well as other new audiences, at home and overseas. The campaign is committed to raising the £6 million required by the deadline of May 2015. And we have made a tremendous start, with £1.5 million already secured. This includes a lead gift from Campaign Chairman and long-time LSO supporter, Jonathan Moulds, the largest single gift the Orchestra has ever received.

I hope you will consider joining the campaign by making a gift. Together, we can secure the brightest possible future for the LSO.

Kathryn McDowell CBE DL, LSO Managing Director

> Read a message from Jonathan Moulds, Moving Music Campaign Chairman

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A gift with enduring value

It is no exaggeration to say that the success of Moving Music will transform the future of the LSO. The funds will create a platform for us to develop every area of our work, and enable us to broaden our reach far beyond the concert hall.

The LSO’s work with young people is inspirational and has such a positive effect on young lives.

Valery Gergiev, LSO Principal Conductor

The Orchestra performs to over 200,000 people each year, but many more miss out on the opportunity to experience the LSO’s inspirational sound. We want to bring our key London concerts to an additional million people across the globe, by providing digitally filmed recordings through games consoles, internet-connected TV, mobile devices and other technologies.

For many, this will be their first experience of a live symphony orchestra. We will also use these digital recordings to develop new LSO Discovery projects with schools and communities across the UK and overseas.

This is no small change. It will transform the scale and reach of LSO Discovery, bringing new musical experiences to an additional 100,000 young people each year. The concert footage will also be an invaluable creative resource, enabling us to create learning materials in a range of different ways, not only for new audiences but also for those teaching music and others who are looking to deepen their appreciation of music.

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Thank you very much for considering a gift to Moving Music. Every donation is enormously appreciated.

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To find out more about Moving Music and the work of the LSO, or discuss any potential large gifts confidentially, please contact:

Jessica Blackstone
+44 (0)20 7588 1116

Moving Music
LSO, Barbican Centre,
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS.

The London Symphony Orchestra Ltd and The London Symphony Orchestra Endowment Trust are Registered Charities (Nos 232391 and 233700).

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