London Symphony Orchestra to host youth workshop

London Symphony orchestra player and a Discovery programme particpant. Pic: Kevin Leighton ©

The London Symphony Orchestra announced this week that it will host a workshop for young musicians at Stoke Newington School in December.

The event will give an opportunity to the young musicians to play together and meet orchestra members from the LSO.

The workshop is open to string players between the ages of 11 and 18 from Hackney and Islington who have applied for the 2013 Sir Clive Gillinson bursary.

Successful applicants to the bursary will receive one-on-one mentorship from an orchestra player and have access to symphony rehearsals, concerts and special events.

By extending the award to string players from these boroughs, the orchestra is seeking to make an impact on their “own doorstep”, said Andrew Uttley from the body’s music and education programme, Discovery.

“One of the best things about this scheme, particularly for those students in Hackney and Islington, is the close contact it gives them to a world class orchestra.”

Three students were awarded the bursary in 2012, but Uttley said the number of winners this year will depend on the skill level of those who apply.

The Gillinson bursary is made available through Discovery and is supported by the Candide Trust, which provides education for young musicians around the world.

The application deadline is November 21. All applicants are invited to attend the December 1 workshop in Stoke Newington.

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