Trusts and Foundations

Supporting innovation and access 

The LSO is immensely grateful for the support it receives from trusts, foundations and statutory funders.

The LSO’s charitable partners support some of our most innovative projects, engaging audiences and participants of all ages and abilities in transformative music experiences. Below are just a few examples of the enormous impact that trusts and foundations have had.

Thank you to our trusts and foundations supporters

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LSO Musical Inclusion programme

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The LSO Musical Inclusion programme is a major three-year initiative that aims to transform music provision for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in east London. Reaching children with learning disabilities, autism, and complex communication or social needs growing up in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged areas, the programme aims to reduce isolation and support children’s creative development by generating a step change in east London’s inclusive music provision.

The first year of the LSO Musical Inclusion programme in 2017 reached over 800 children and young people with SEND. The programme delivered 70 music workshops across ten SEND schools in east London; co-launched a new Inclusive Ensemble – accessible for those with and without special educational needs or disabilities; developed a range of new out-of-school activities; and provided training and sharing opportunities for teachers, practitioners and peers across the sector. Our monitoring and evaluation showed that participants increased their communication, focus, listening and team-work skills, as well as their musical skills and creative confidence.

The LSO Musical Inclusion programme has already had a positive impact on the provision of inclusive music activities for children and young people with SEND, and throughout 2018 and 2019 we will work to cement lasting change across east London.

We are extremely grateful to Youth Music, Masonic Charitable Foundation, HSBC, Boshier-Hinton Foundation, Rayne Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, John Horniman's Children's Trust, Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, David Solomons Charitable Trust, and our east London Music Service partners, whose generous support has made the LSO Musical Inclusion programme possible so far.

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LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme

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"What I've learnt from this scheme, the way it has challenged my creativity, where I'm going, what I want to achieve and everthing it means to be a composer and a musician, I could not find that anywhere else." - Amy Bryce, participant

The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme is the LSO’s renowned programme for early-career composers pursuing a career in orchestral composition, providing a world-class development opportunity for six composers each year to gain vital skills and experience in writing for a full professional symphony orchestra.

The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme was devised in collaboration with Lady Panufnik in 2005, and named in memory of her late husband, composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. Since its inception, Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust have generously supported the Scheme, enabling 72 composers to progress through the programme to date. Each participating composer receives expert mentoring and support from professional composers and LSO musicians, the chance to compose a three-minute work for full symphony orchestra, and the opportunity to have their final piece workshopped by the LSO in front of a public audience at LSO St Luke’s. Following the public workshop, two of the most innovative and talented composers are awarded a full LSO commission (five or ten-minutes), with each piece subsequently receiving its world-premiere in the Barbican Hall as part of the LSO’s main concert season. 

The long-term impact that the Scheme has had on the pool of composers now actively working in the UK has been significant. This was seen first-hand at the most recent BASCA British Composer Awards in December 2017, where four of the eleven winners were alumni of the Scheme, with two further alumni receiving nominations.

We are extremely grateful to Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust, whose longstanding and visionary support has made the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme possible. 

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LSO Children's Hospitals programme

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The LSO Children's Hospitals Programme provides bespoke music activities for children facing severe, life-threatening or terminal illnesses in east London hospitals. We work with children aged 0-16 undergoing a range of distressing treatments, including some young children who have been in hospital their whole lives.

Through the programme, we aim to reduce levels of anxiety and stress, enabling children to cope with distressing treatments; improve children’s confidence and self-esteem, combating the loss-of-identity and feelings of isolation often felt in hospital; and increase the provision of musical activities outside of our visits, equipping hospital staff and parents with the confidence to use music more regularly with their children.

We have recently worked with prematurely-born babies on the Neonatal Ward at Newham University Hospital; young children with eye-cancer on the Retinoblastoma Ward at the Royal London Hospital; and children aged 0-16 suffering from life-threatening illnesses including cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell syndrome on the General Children's Wards at the Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital.

We are extremely grateful to BBC Children in Need and The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, whose generous support has made the LSO Children’s Hospitals programme possible.

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