From derelict church to Music Education Centre

An innovative venture and a unique one, LSO St Luke's is the foremost UK orchestral music education centre. It is the physical embodiment of the LSO's aspiration to draw in more people to enjoy music - from the local community and around the world.

In the mid-1990s when the LSO raised the idea of rebuilding the disused Hawksmoor church of St Luke's close to the Orchestra's home at the Barbican as a base for the LSO Discovery music education programme, it approached the global finance firm UBS, who were delighted to back the project.

Over the years UBS and its employees have contributed substantial funds, technical expertise and voluntary time to LSO St Luke's and they still do today. LSO St Luke's shows how much can be achieved when businesses work with arts and education organisations to develop projects designed to add new dimensions to the lives of people in deprived communities, such as those in and around east London.

In this section you can find out a little more about St Luke's Church and how it became LSO St Luke's, the UBS and LSO Music Education Centre.

Old Street New Beginnings

On 26 September 2016 we celebrated 50 years since the parishes of St Giles' Cripplegate and St Luke's joined together to form a single community after St Luke's was forced to close.