LSO East London Academy

What is the LSO East London Academy and what is our aim?

The LSO East London Academy, a new programme beginning in 2019, aims to identify and develop the potential of young East Londoners between the ages of 11 and 18. Through the provision of free, inspirational coaching delivered by world-class musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy will offer high-level training and mentoring to young musicians who show exceptional promise, accelerating their instrumental learning, confidence and aspirations.

The LSO East London Academy aims to represent the diversity of east London, particularly encouraging young musicians from backgrounds currently under-represented in professional orchestras to take part and continue their instrumental learning, including those that experience financial, cultural and practical barriers – a step towards facilitating wider diversification of the professional classical music sector.

Academy outline 2019

Stage 1 – Taster workshops (From April 2019)

Young musicians at Grade 5 level or above will be invited to attend workshops with LSO musicians held in local community venues across East London. Following the workshops, five young musicians per borough – 50 in total – will be nominated by their local Music Service, with input from the LSO, to attend an intensive training course at LSO St Luke’s during the summer term.

Stage 2 – Intensive Orchestral Holiday Course (July 2019)

An intensive two-day course will be led by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and will develop participants’ ensemble skills through repertoire coaching, creative work, section masterclasses, instrumental technique sessions, and wellbeing workshops. At the culmination of the course, the participants will perform a concert together as a full orchestra, sitting side-by-side with LSO musicians.

Twenty of these young musicians will progress to the full LSO East London Academy in the Autumn and unsuccessful participants may be invited to return the following year, or be nominated again by their Music Service.

LSO East London Academy (Autumn 2019)

The LSO East London Academy will take place throughout the autumn term, with full days of intense coaching at weekends, designed to stretch each of the 20 participants beyond their current abilities. Training will include coaching in small chamber groups, masterclasses and ensemble coaching for orchestra.

The programme will culminate in a public concert at LSO St Luke’s showcasing the work across the term, participants performing in different ensemble sizes and side-by-side with LSO players in a chamber orchestra. Alongside the general public, participants’ friends and family will be invited to attend as well as industry professionals from across the music and education sectors.

Beyond the LSO East London Academy

Throughout pilot year, LSO to work closely with partner organisations to establish and strengthen progression routes for the LSO East London Academy participants. 

  • Opportunities for further engagement with the LSO for participants.
  • Potential development of partnerships with established high-level training providers, identifying ways to increase their accessibility and support the progression of LSO East London Academy participants.

All nominations for the LSO East London Academy summer course are made through the LSO On Track partner Music Education Hub lead organisations. To express interest, discuss whether you are eligible for nomination and to find out more information please contact your local Music Education Hub or Beth Kershaw on 020 7382 2538 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The LSO East London Academy is developed by the London Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the local Music Services in ten East London boroughs: Bexley, Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The LSO East London Academy is made possible through the generous support of The Henocq Law Trust, Linklaters LLP, The Radcliffe Trust and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2017.


LSO On Track Partners

All nominations for the LSO East London Academy summer course are made through the LSO On Track partner Music Education Hub lead organisations:

Barking & Dagenham
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest

Find out more about: 

LSO On Track 
LSO Discovery