LPO Soundworks

LPO Soundworks is a platform for creative and talented artists aged 14-19, uniting teenage musicians with young experts from other art forms

LPO Soundworks

Working side-by-side with LPO musicians, composers and professionals from across the arts, LPO Soundworks participants refine their skills, push their creative ideas to the limit, and learn new ways of working from other sectors, as well as gaining an insight into professional music development and performance.

“The music was collectively written and performed with zeal. Deep, important work.”

Seen and Heard International, review of Music & Film performance, April 2017

The LPO Soundworks programme includes Spotlight Days, which offer an intensive focus on composing for specific art forms through hands-on activities, and a Creative Week, where participants devise a collaborative cross-arts performance piece, ultimately showcased in a public event. The LPO recruits the LPO Soundworks music ensemble, and works with partner organisations who recruit young people from their own arts specialism. All projects take place during school holidays.

Alongside this, our online space The Studio offers young composers insights and creative resources inspired by our live LPO Soundworks projects.



Next LPO Soundworks project:

Our next LPO Soundworks Spotlight Day is on Sunday 26 November in Lewes, 10.00am - 4.30pm, in Lewes, East Sussex (sign up deadline 6 November):

Sign up to take part in our Lewes Spotlight Day




Taking part:

  • LPO Soundworks is open to instrumental players and composers aged 14-19 (places are sometimes limited for players of keyboard and electric instruments)
  • There are no auditions to join the LPO Soundworks ensemble, but participants (including composers) should be technically confident on their instrument, and open to developing improvisational skills
  • It costs £5 to attend Spotlight Days and £15 to attend the Creative Week (inclusive of a Royal Festival Hall concert ticket for Creative Week). Free places are available to participants in receipt of Pupil Premium

 We will shortly be announcing details of the rest of our 2017/18 LPO Soundworks programme, and are interested in hearing from players and composers excited by devising new music and art, exploring and experimenting, and learning from some of the best in the business.  To be added to the LPO Soundworks mailing list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Projects in 2016/17:


Spotlight Day: Music & Theatre

Thursday 27 July 2017
What can live music bring to the drama, characters and emotions of a play?  With professional insights from composers and actors, young musicians created music for scenes from Shakespeare and more modern plays, exploring how music can affect the meaning of the text, how the text influences the creation of the music, and practical considerations when composing for live theatre.


Creative Week: Music & Film

March/April 2017 
In this year’s Creative Week, LPO Soundworks musicians devised music for short films by talented young filmmakers from the BFI Future Film Academy, which they performed at a special screening in London’s Southbank Centre on 8 April.  Along the way they met a professional film composer to find out about what it's like in the business, and took part in hands-on excercises in foley (sound effects) and the different effect music can have on moving image.

Soundworks performance 2017LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2017 - screening of BFI Future films with live soundtrack performed by LPO Soundworks ensemble

Spotlight Day: Music & Dance
Monday 24 October 2016
A mixture of discussion, professional insights and hands-on composition activities, alongside dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert’s youth dance company.

9 April 8LPO Soundworks Creative Week 2016 - composing for dance, with young dancers from Quicksilver

To find out more about our last LPO Soundworks Creative Week in 2016, where young musicians and dancers collaborated on a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, read our Soundworks Diaries.

To find out more about LPO Soundworks email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LPO Soundworks is generously supported by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Souter Charitable Trust.