The London Sinfonietta is committed to providing opportunities for young people to experience the power of new music, played by world class musicians. We provide a range of opportunities for secondary school pupils to learn about, and be inspired by contemporary classical music, from free tickets to see the London Sinfonietta live, to specially devised in-school concerts.
Across our 2017/18 season, we’ve selected concerts which secondary school groups can attend for free. Where possible, concerts will be supported by educational sessions on the day to improve the learning experience, such as Q&As and backstage visits with our musicians, conductors or guest artists.
Free Concert Club tickets available for the following:
Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Trans is a mesmerising soundscape of drones, robotic strings, and weaving shutters, which came to the composer in a dream. The London Sinfonietta performs this 1970s masterpiece alongside the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, conducted by Pascal Rophé.
50th Anniversary Concert
Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
On our 50th birthday, we honour the ensemble’s past, present and future with works by Stravinsky, Ligeti and Birtwistle, a London premiere by Hans Abrahamsen and new commission by RPS award-winning composer Samantha Fernando.
Please note: ticket allocations are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Secondary School Concerts
We regularly programme concerts for 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, featuring music by Arvo Pärt, John Cage and Ligeti. We also delivered workshops alongside the concerts, exploring concepts such as serialism and minimalism in more depth. 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
For more information on our work with schools, and to find out how your school can get involved please email Sean Watson, Participation and Learning Officer