LSO Discovery: Digital activities for schools, young people and families

We have assembled our collection of musical activities, concerts and resources for young people from age 5 and up to enjoy at home while concerts with audiences are still restricted.

Whether you play an instrument or not, LSO Discovery has something for you.

Leon and the Place Between

Leon and the Place Between

Suitable for age 5–12 (Key Stages 1 & 2)

Join presenter and composer Paul Rissmann and the London Symphony Orchestra for an online concert that delves into the book, Leon and the Place Between.

Join in with the LSO through digital resources for teachers and families! Learn the songs of Leon and the Place Between and sing along from home.

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Rachel Leach's Lockdown Listening graphic

Lockdown Listening

Suitable for age 7+ (Key Stages 2 & 3 and above)

A series of daily musical listening tasks for you to do at home – with your children, with your class or even by yourself.

They are designed to be done with the minimum of preparation and equipment - often just paper and pens - and can be achieved in under 10 minutes.

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Where's Simon?

Where's Simon?

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.

Trying our quiz, explore some LSO players' listening recommendations and download the parts to play along yourselves during Part 2.

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Olivia Forms a Band

Olivia Forms a Band

Suitable for age 5+ (Key Stage 1)

An interactive Sound Explorers concert based on the popular children’s book Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. 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.

There are practice tracks, word sheets and resource pack of creative activities for teachers to downoad.

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How to Build an Orchestra

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. 

Click here to buy the book and to find free resources for young people and families at home, or teachers in school.

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Space... but not as we know it.

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.

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A Level Revision with Rachel Leach

A-level Revision

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.

Watch the videos on YouTube


Music Seminars

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.

Watch the seminars on YouTube

 

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LSO Play

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.

Visit LSO Play

How to find the resources
Go to LSO Play and click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of each performance. 
Follow the link to Explore Orchestra where you will find all associated free resources for schools, young people, students or those interested in finding out more.

* Awards include gold and silver in the 2018 Lovie Awards (Cultural Insitutions and Best User Experience categories respecitvely), the 2014 Webby Awards (Music category), a silver in the 2014 Lovie Awards (Best User Experience category) and the FWA's coveted Site of the Day.

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.

Visit the LSO iTunes U channel

 

Find our resources 

All our 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

TES.com

View the LSO resources on tes.com

Apple iBooks

To view the LSO resources on Apple iBooks store, search “LSO Discovery” in the iBooks app on Mac, iPad or iPhone