We have assembled our collection of musical activities, concerts and resources for young people from age 5 and up, to help with homeschooling and keeping entertained and active during lockdown.
Whether you play an instrument or not, LSO Discovery has something for you.
Olivia Forms a Band
Suitable for age 5+ (Key Stage 1)
Join Rachel Leach and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra for our interactive Sound Explorers concert based on the popular children’s book Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer.
We invite primary school children and their families to join in with this 30-minute musical version of Olivia Forms A Band. Sing and play along with three original songs, hear pieces of classical music performed by LSO musicians and see illustrations from the book on screen, all helping us to tell the story.
There are practice tracks and word sheets for the two songs which you can join in with during the video, and resource pack of creative activities for teachers to downoad.
Suitable for ages 5–12 (Key Stages 1, 2 & 3)
An online concert featuring Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the LSO, recorded from home in lockdown.
Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra have been adjusting to life at home, but they have missed playing together. Simon was supposed to have been attending the wedding of his old friend Figaro but sadly couldn't travel there. The LSO players suggested doing a special online concert for him and Simon agreed to conduct!
The time arrives for online sectional rehearsals and all the players gather but... Where's Simon?
Once you've enjoyed the Where's Simon? concert, test out what you have learnt by trying out our quiz, explore some listening recommendations directly from the LSO players, and download the parts to play along yourselves during Part 2.
Space... but not as we know it
Suitable for ages 7–12 (Key Stages 2 & 3)
An online concert, presented by Rachel Leach and conducted by Jessica Cottis, featuring Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and music by Berlioz, Ives, Prokofiev and Haydn.
Find out what happens when an orchestra has to keep its distance! Rachel Leach explores the separation of sounds, how music travels around an orchestra and what you can hear between the notes.
There are also warm-ups and listen and draw activities to get involved with, and free resources for teachers to download.
How to Build an Orchestra
Suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2)
Discover everything about orchestras and their instruments with our beautifully illustrated children's book How to Build An Orchestra produced in association with Hachette Children‘s Group.
Suitable for ages 7+ (Key Stage 2 and beyond) and adults
The award-winning* LSO Play is a free interactive and immersive web app, allowing you to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere.
View the orchestra from four camera angles simultaneously, and switch between them during the performance. You can focus on anything from the tips of a drumstick to the violinists' fingers.
Find teacher resource packs for Key Stage 2 and 3 to use in classroom music lessons, Listening Activities for young people to do at home or in school, as well as masterclasses with LSO players and listening guides with information on the musical background
Choose from six performances, all filmed in HD during the LSO’s Barbican season.
How to find the resources
Suitable for ages 16+ (Key Stage 5/A-level)
A YouTube playlist of revision shorts from LSO Discovery to support students studying Music A-level.
Suitable for ages 16+ (Key Stage 5/A-level)
Seminars to support students studying for A-level Music. With in-depth analysis of set works and performances from LSO Players.
iTunes U Channel
Suitable for all
LSO Discovery maintains an active and rich iTunes U channel, featuring resources more tailored to those wanting a deeper understanding of music. Video series include A-Level seminars, Artist Conversations and Compose Yourself, a collection of resources for composers.
All above resources are available to download or access for free. Teacher Resource packs and LSO Play Listening Tasks for Key Stage 2 and 3 can be found on tes.com, Apple iBooks store and LSO Play itself
> View the LSO resources on tes.com
To view the LSO resources on Apple iBooks store, search “LSO Discovery” in the iBooks app on Mac, iPad or iPhone