About LSO Discovery

25 years of education and community

In 2015 LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s world-leading music education and community programme, celebrated a quarter of a century.

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Education and outreach is now an inextricable part of the LSO’s DNA. LSO Discovery exists to offer inspiring musical experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds who have not necessarily had much contact with classical music and musicians.

It also provides support and training for emerging young instrumentalists, composers and conductors, and gives insight into music for members of the public who would like to learn more. LSO Discovery work is captured and disseminated digitally, for individual enthusiasts, learners and teachers in the UK and worldwide. LSO Discovery brings LSO Members into contact with a wider public, as well as developing their interests and skills.

'The LSO's Discovery programme has been a source of great pleasure to me as a player... The spirit that motivates the Orchestra's activity is something rare and I hope that it enriches the lives of those with whom we come into contact.' Robert Turner, LSO viola.

By including LSO Discovery participants in the highest profile events, such as international tours, the 2012 Olympic Games and concerts with Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO demonstrates its belief in the immutable place of music education as the foundation of all great music-making. 

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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world.

Young people pursuing an Arts Award can fulfil part of their requirements through the activities that LSO Discovery offer. To find out more, click here.