Half-Term | LPO Open Sound Ensemble

“It was great to take part in such collaboration in creativity where it felt all involved were on the same level just having fun making music together regardless of skills or levels… it’s wonderful to be able to nurture her musical interests in this way.”


The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education team run a free and inclusive holiday-based ensemble for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


The next Open Sound Ensemble course is taking place on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February in person at Woolwich Works in Greenwich. These Open Sound Ensemble sessions will be fun and engaging music-making workshops where participants will have a chance to play and explore a new piece of classical music and meet other young people who are interested in music.


London Philharmonic Orchestra – Open Sound Ensemble: We are delighted to let you know that applications for our next Open Sound Ensemble course on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February 2022 are now open, and we would love to welcome you along.

Click here to apply

* Please apply latest Monday 31 January *


Open Sound Ensemble is a music group for young people of secondary school age with special educational needs and disabilities, based in South London. The Spring Open Sound Ensemble Course will take place Woolwich Works (map) which is a new arts venue in Woolwich Arsenal!

There is some parking on site and the space we will be using is fully accessible via lift. Please let us know how you will be travelling to the course on the application form (if you aren’t sure at this stage, please just put your best bet!).


Information about the course

Working as an ensemble alongside specialist workshop leader John Webb and musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, we will rehearse and perform our own music. We will use a mixture of both traditional and accessible digital instruments to explore sounds, rhythms and melodies, and devise new music together. We will be interacting with each other as an ensemble, sometimes following cues from the LPO team and each other, and sometimes making our own creative decisions. Instruments will be provided, but you are very welcome to bring your own.


Young people will have the option of being part of the morning or afternoon group. Please find a bit of information below about the group identities:

  • Morning group: for young people with a little or no prior musical experience. They might have explored a little bit of hand-held percussion (drums, shakers, tambourines) at school or in music therapy sessions, or have encountered an instrument a couple of times.
  • Afternoon group: for young people with more musical experience – maybe they have played a particular instrument in the past or play one now (e.g. piano, guitar, recorder) or they sing.


We will try and give you the times you select in your application form but we cannot promise this will be possible.  All young people who attend must be accompanied by an adult throughout the sessions.


If you have any questions please get in touch with:

Hannah Foakes
LPO Education & Community Coordinator
e. hannah.foakes@lpo.org.uk
t. 07887 501531.
w. lpo.org.uk