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Opportunties for Primary Schools

We provide a range of opportunities for primary school children in London and across the UK to learn about and be inspired by new music, through performances, workshops and creative projects. Our schools programme focuses on empowering young people to compose, perform and explore their creativity.

We present concerts for primary school audiences at London’s Southbank Centre. Guided by a presenter, these interactive performances introduce contemporary classical music and inspire the next generation of composers and musicians. 

Sound Out 2021

As part of its response to the pandemic, the London Sinfonietta will be taking the whole of Sound Out online, creating a new resource in the form of four Composition Challenges to support composition in the classroom. The concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 24 March 2021 will be streamed live on the internet for the first time, enabling schools across the country to participate.  

Click here for more information about the Composition Challenges or email to register your interest and find out more.

More details will be announced soon.

Sound Out 2020

Thursday 12 March 2020, Royal Festival Hall

KS2 concert focusing on contemporary classical chamber music

In 2020 we explored some of the most iconic new music and help your pupils to listen, perform and compose. The concert showed students the basics of how composers write music and where a musical idea starts. Our presenter, Patrick Bailey, guided audience members through the building blocks of music in this participatory concert with opportunities to hear the world premiere of a new piece written and performed by young musicians from our partner boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest. 

Outside London

We are committed to working with young people across the UK. We have facilitated workshops in primary schools in Huddersfield as part of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, exploring composition through music maps – an expressive, interpretive way of notating music.

Our annual residency in Gloucestershire involves interactive concerts and participatory workshops, reaching up to 400 children per year, many of whom had never heard professional live music before.

Find out more

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

The London Sinfonietta is enormously grateful to the London Music Fund, The Ashley Family Foundation, The Bernarr Rainbow Trust, The Bridget Riley Art Foundation, Francis Taylor Building and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation for their generous support of Sound Out.