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Sound Out: Creative Projects with Young People

Sound Out is the London Sinfonietta’s flagship schools programme, which puts creativity and composition at the heart of our work.

The London Sinfonietta’s multi-stranded Sound Out programme for schools has enabled thousands of young people to hear, explore and create contemporary classical music. We currently work in partnership with the music hubs of Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Southampton and run projects with schools and music hubs across the UK.

Taking inspiration from the music we programme and commission, we work with primary schools, secondary schools, and music service ensembles to help young people to learn more about composing and creating new music. We give young people and teachers the opportunity to work and perform with London Sinfonietta musicians and composers to empower and inspire them to explore their creativity and make their own music.

Sound Out echoes the London Sinfonietta's professional commissioning process, putting young people centre-stage, valuing them as composers and performers and making their musical voices heard.

The sense of achievement and pride created was palpable. The students gained a great deal from seeing their musical ideas treated with respect and their compositions performed and recorded in a professional manner. John Cooney, music teacher
It was inspiring! It made me realise that anyone can be a composer. Sound Out Participant
Working with the London Sinfonietta has enthused our existing young composers and has inspired more pupils in the borough to explore composition. Mary Mycroft, Joint Head of Waltham Forest Music Service


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

An infographic containing statistics from the Sound Out schools programme

Sound Out Partners

  • Enfield Music Service
  • Enfield Council
  • Haringey Young Musicians
  • Haringey Council
Sound Out 2021-22 is generously supported by the Rainbow Dickinson Trust, Lucille Graham Trust, Hodge Foundation, Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, The Nugee Foundation, Michael Watson Charitable Trust, the Southbank Centre, and with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
  • Hodge Foundation logo
  • Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation