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Composition Challenges

We provide a range of opportunities for children to create, compose and be inspired by new music. Join us for Composition Challenges, take part in a workshop or come along to a performance. 

Composition Challenges

Supporting composition in the classroom, Composition Challenges invites young people to write new music for the London Sinfonietta inspired by the work and approach of contemporary composers. Challenge introduction films and teacher packs are available for free online and we also support creative work in the classroom with workshops and teacher CPD. Once your class have their finished pieces, send them in to us and selected works will be performed by our musicians in concerts throughout the season. 

Ideal for KS2 and KS3. Open to young people (and teachers!) will all levels of experience and free to take part.

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Students saw themselves as composers and felt valued- this was highlighted by seeing the compositions of two students in the final concert.
It's pure music teaching gold!

Sound Out Schools Concert

Our annual Sound Out Schools Concert provides an interactive, whistle-stop tour of new music and composition and features performances of selected Composition Challenge pieces created by young people from across the UK. Join us live at the Southbank Centre or enjoy the experience live-streamed directly into your classroom!

For the first time in 2021 our annual Sound Out Schools Concert was live streamed from the Royal Festival Hall, London and Turner Sims, Southampton to over 150 Primary Schools across the country reaching over 12,000 young people. 

In 2022, a live audience returned for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, followed by a livestreamed version in the afternoon for schools across the country to watch.

To find out more about the Sound Out Schools Concert, please email Aoife Allen.

The Sound Out Schools Concert opened up contemporary music in a way that is exciting and accessible to everyone.
Wow, the final version of our piece Omnis in today's concert was just stunning. I was left speechless by the performance. Having seen the piece grow from the young people's initial thoughts I never imagined something like this as the culmination of all their hard work. Incredible.

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

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.
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