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Schools Concerts: Primary

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 work focuses on empowering young people to explore their creativity via listening, composition and performance.

We present concerts for primary school audiences annually at London’s Southbank Centre. These age-appropriate, interactive performances give a fun introduction to contemporary classical repertoire, in which our presenter guides audiences through a variety of music, inspiring children to have a go at have a go at composing themselves. Booking is NOW OPEN for the next concert, ‘Sound Out’, aimed at Key Stage Two, in March 2020 – the concert is likely to sell out so book now to avoid disappointment (see information and booking form below).

Sound Out 2020

Thursday 12 March 2020, Royal Festival Hall

KS2 concert focusing on contemporary classical chamber music

Explore some of the most iconic new music and help your pupils to listen, perform and compose. This concert will show students the basics of how composers write music and where a musical idea starts. Our presenter, Patrick Bailey, will guide audience members through the building blocks of music in this participatory concert, via a varied programme of short contemporary pieces.

Suitable for 7-11 year olds.

£5 per ticket, teachers go free. Booking includes free teacher resource pack and CPD session.

About the project

To date, we have worked with primary school children across Haringey and Enfield on a large scale creative composition project called Sound Out. 

Sound Out: 50th Anniversary Primary Schools Concert

This concert celebrated the London Sinfonietta’s legacy of pioneering education work and championing of new music with a large scale concert for primary school pupils at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 March 2018. Led by Fraser Trainer and conducted by Patrick Bailey, the concert unpacked composition and music-making, inspiring school children to learn about the building blocks of writing music, and to give it a go themselves.

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.

We are enormously grateful to the London Music Fund, The Ashley Family Foundation and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust for their generous support of Sound Out.