LSO Create

LSO Create is our ongoing programme which offers exciting opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and their supporters, both as audience members and active music-makers and performers.

Monday Club

This comfortable and inclusive club has been running for many years and gives adults with learning disabilities and their supporters the chance to take part in creative music making workshops. Taking the LSO repertoire as inspiration, Mark Withers and LSO musicians lead the participants in composing and improvising their reactions through their own music. Over the years many members of the group have learned string instruments to play alongside the LSO musicians. New members continue to attend and the group is constantly evolving with different performance opportunities over the years.

During summer 2014 the group created their own piece Unease which was arranged especially for them to perform alongside the LSO in an evening concert in June on the Barbican stage. This was a very special opportunity for the group as it was the first time they had played with the wider LSO and on such a public and high-quality platform.

Outreach Visits

LSO Create also runs a number of music sessions in residential and day care centres in the community. This programme helps complement and expand our Monday Club and enable us to work directly with the settings to plan and devise music projects that they would specifically like to see happen and that can benefit their users individually.

This programme also means that we can work with adults with more profound disabilities that might find it more difficult to get to and fully benefit from the Monday Club sessions at LSO St Luke’s. Working with participants in a more sustained way across a series of four workshops to develop them in areas of music they themselves want to address and help build their trust, focus and communication skills over time.

Inclusive opportunities as audience members

As part of the developments for this programme, adults with learning disabilities and their supporters are invited to attend targeted and high quality events over the year. These are not only enjoyable because they are relaxed and informal, but also because it gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to join in and mingle with the regular public audience in a way that isn’t daunting or exclusive.

The following events are offered free of charge:

Open Rehearsals
Open Rehearsals are an opportunity to see the London Symphony Orchestra rehearse world-class music without the pressure of sitting through an evening concert. These informal events are also a sneak-peek into how a professional orchestra works and take place in the Barbican Hall.

Friday lunchtime concerts
Friday Lunchtime Concerts are free informal and relaxed concerts that take place every term in the beautiful surroundings of LSO St Luke’s in Old Street. The concerts feature musicians from the LSO and the Guildhall School. They are presented by Rachel Leach and include a session where the audience can ask questions. Each term has a different theme. Friday Lunchtime Concerts usually operate on a walk-in basis, but adults with learning disabilities and care workers can book in advance meaning they are guaranteed a seat.

All LSO Create activities are free.

More information

For more information on taking part in LSO Create activities, please contact Lydia Nickalls:

Tel: +44 20 7382 2556
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LSO Create is generously supported by the Morrisons Foundation, Postcode Community Trust* and LSO Friends.

Postcode Community Trust 10Morissons Foundation

*Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £15,000 from the Trust towards our Create programme’

LSO Create participant