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30 and 30! Celebrating LPO Education & Community

A chance to raise £1,000 for every year of the LPO’s Education and Community work.
To celebrate 30 years of the LPO’s education programme and to nurture and grow projects delivered in local communities as well as providing musical experiences for the widest possible audience for decades to come.

January 2018 - December 2018

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  • Need


    The project is less of a problem and more of a strategic fundraising campaign intended to celebrate 30 years of the Orchestra’s Education & Community Programme whilst building financial support for the years to come. Funds raised via the Big Give will support core funding; alongside this we will run a separate appeal to major donors, aimed at soliciting multi-year gifts to help seed fund new education projects.


    We will continue to deliver projects addressing the wide range of issues in the music education landscape. These break down into four key areas: Musical Intros: first musical access for young people and adults; Schools and Training: projects to support curricular learning and professional development; Young Creatives: helping talented teenagers sustain and develop musical and creative skills; and New Talent: nurturing the next generation of professional musicians and composers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Access to music for children, young people & families, particularly those from disadvantaged areas


    » BrighSparks; a series of concerts that reach 10,000 children each year we deliver preparatory work with children in school prior to attending
    » Children from Key Stages 1 and 2 attend the concert

    What success will look like

    Music teachers recommend our schools concerts to their peers, we receive positive feedback from children.

    Aim 2

    Early career and professional development for young musicians preparing to enter the music industry


    » Foyle Future Firsts; a programme bridging transition between college and the professional platform) gives access to peer auditions and LPO sit-ins
    » Young Composers; a programme to develop a new composition with LPO musicians and receive mentoring from LPO’s composer in residence Magnus Lindberg

    What success will look like

    Participants take up positions within the classical music world and/or receive commissions.

    Aim 3

    Training in music delivery for London’s primary teacher workforce


    » Deliver INSET training days for teachers prior to them attending schools concerts with pupils
    » Creative Classrooms delivers Key Stage 2 workshops in primary schools in London and the South East, including visits from LPO musicians

    What success will look like

    After training, teachers are running their own creative music projects in schools without the help of the LPO. A culture of music making will be left as a legacy in the school.

    Aim 4

    Address underrepresentation in classical music (e.g. those from BME, disabled, low income)


    » Sound Journeys brings musical experiences to children in special educational needs schools
    » OrchLab delivers bespoke creative music workshops in Leonard Cheshire Disability centres in the London and the South East for disabled adults

    What success will look like

    Participants on the Junior Artists scheme will enter careers in the music business (either performance or management), disabled beneficiaries report an increased level of wellbeing

    Aim 5

    Create a small-scale musical performance project for family and community audiences


    » Commission a new chamber work for six musicians and narrator from Paul Rissman based on Stravinsky's The Fire Bird
    » Stage as a minimum of six performances in community settings including libraries, community centres and schools.

    What success will look like

    We will reach at least 450 people within the first year after commissioning the work. The work will continue to be used and programmed by the LPO as part of our UK and global tours

  • Impact


    The LPO seeks to make a significant impact on music education practice and the culture of the industry. Junior Artists addresses issues of inclusion in classical music, encouraging young talented people with disabilities, from BME or low income backgrounds to attend conservatoire and enter the profession. Our community commission aims to address lack of provision for London music hubs, providing the inspiring musical performances that are called for in the 2011 National Plan for Music Education.


    We risk not raising all funds outlined for the project and in budgets below. We have mitigated against this happening by creating scalable projects, eg; reducing the number of commission performances. We also risk not reaching the intended target audiences. We will mitigate against this by working with partner organisations such as Drake music as well as London Education Hubs, music collages and conservatoires as well as other third sector organisations like Leonard Cheshire.


    Donors giving £250 or more will be acknowledged in concert programmes and online as well as in the LPO’s twice-yearly newsletter. At the end of the campaign we will send an update celebrating the success of the appeal and associated activity and invite them to an event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,660 Junior Artists Overture Costs of weekend workshops, player fees, venue hire, marketing.
      £2,850 Junior Artists Ensemble Costs of conductor and musician fee, music hire.
      £450 Junior Artists Pastoral Care Cost of mentor.
      £1,280 Other Other costs for Junior Artists programme eg. Insight Sessions, marketing and evaluation
      £6,000 New Commission Fee for composer
      £6,520 New Commission Script creation and artist fees for rehearsals and performances
      £3,720 New Commission Other costs for Commission including venue hire, porterage
      £3,520 Admin Admin and management costs at just under 15%
  • Background


    Our programme focuses on the London boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark but is of significance well beyond this immediate hinterland. Some projects, such as our BrightSparks Schools Concerts, have a reach across South East England, whilst our apprenticeship programmes for young musicians and composers are national in scope. Our proposed new commission will also have a wide reach across the South East and beyond through our touring programme.


    30,000 people annually, UK wide including young people at each National Curriculum Key Stage, emerging musicians and composers in the early stages of their musical career, and teachers and families. Our offer includes mass activities like concerts as well as smaller workshops designed to overcome reticence about attending established venues. Our beneficiaries include sections of society underrepresented in the classical music world e.g. BME groups, lower income households & disabled adults.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Orchestra has a global profile for the highest quality of music making and our education programme stems from that. We deliver work programmed by a highly experienced music educationalist, Isabella Kernot, which is supported by world-leading musicians who prioritise education & community activity within their busy calendars. The LPO’s Board of Directors is hugely supportive of this area of the charity’s work, in particular the Chairman, Victoria Robey, who has her own music education charity

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Isabella Kernot And Her Team Lucy Simms And Talia Lash.

    Education Director Isabella and her team of managers are responsible for developing projects projects with Southbank Centre and other partners.

    Timothy Walker

    Chief Executive & Artistic Director - responsibility for all programming initiatives at Southbank Centre.

    Rosie Morden

    Individual Giving Manager - in charge of all elements of philanthropic and membership giving to the Orchestra.