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Sound Out

50th Anniversary Primary Schools Concert 

Marking the London Sinfonietta’s 50th Anniversary, this concert celebrates the ensemble’s legacy of pioneering education work with a large scale primary school concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Led by Fraser Trainer, the concert will unpack composition and music-making, inspiring school children to learn about the building blocks of writing music, and to give it a go themselves. Along with exploring key musical ideas in the development of contemporary music, the concert will feature a new piece of music, brought together from primary school children’s compositions, and arranged by composer John Woolrich. This is the culmination of 2017/18 Sound Out project, which brings together primary school children from eight partner schools across Enfield and Haringey to compose their own music. The musicians playing this piece on stage at the Royal Festival Hall will include London Sinfonietta players, and young secondary school musicians from schools in Haringey.

Secondary School Concerts

The London Sinfonietta regularly programmes concerts aimed at secondary school students. In January 2017 we performed in-school concerts across the London boroughs of Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest, focussing on contemporary music and composition techniques, and how this has influenced the music of today. The concerts featured music by Arvo Pärt, John Cage and Ligeti,  performed by players from the London Sinfonietta.

Alongside the concerts, we also delivered workshops, exploring concepts such as serialism and minimalism in more depth, and these were devised to compliment the aims of the National Curriculum objectives for Key Stages 3 & 4.

The response to the concert was overwhelmingly positive…crucially pupils were exposed to high quality music making and supported to create unique musical pieces " Rachael Adediran, Head of Music, Skinners Academy
For the vast majority of our students it was their first experience of a concert from professional musicians and was inspiring in many different ways " Michael Broad, Willowfield Humanities College

Concert Club

London Sinfonietta is committed to providing and improving young people’s access to new music. We regularly offer free tickets to our main season of concerts for secondary school groups interested in experiencing contemporary music in a live setting. As well as a free ticket, we enhance the Concert Club experience for students with special Q&As with artists, backstage visits, and pre-concert talks. This gives secondary school students a unique and exclusive way of learning more about the world of contemporary classical music.

Resource Packs

We regularly produce resource packs to help school students to get the most out of their concert experience, featuring listening guides, music maps, and other bespoke learning resources, helping students to unpick the music featured in our concerts both in the classroom and at home.


For more information on our work with schools, and to find out how your school can get involved please email



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