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MT | LSO DISCOVERY AT 25 T he London Symphony Orchestra’s education and community programme, LSO Discovery, has spent the past 25 years reaching out to those who might otherwise be excluded from classical music making and the orchestra. Stand-out moments include coaching 81 young musicians from East London to play with 19 LSO players for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, visiting music enthusiasts in their home who aren’t able to attend concerts, and using the power of music to communicate with students who have learning difficulties. Via workshops, choirs, professional development with teachers, hospital visits and more, LSO Discovery reaches more than 60,000 people a year thanks to a £1.5 million grant from a range of sources. Its On Track programme works with 10 music education hubs in East London to provide access to cultural activities, and Musicians On Call has brought LSO players to the homes of elderly wheelchair-bound music fans, those suffering from life-threatening conditions, and the late US composer Leonard Bernstein’s long-serving PR lady, Maggie Carson, among others. Matthew Gibson, an LSO double bassist who has been a member of the ©Tristram Kenton Young musicians from LSO On Track perform with the LSO and principal conductor Valery Gergiev in Trafalgar Square in May Spreading the symphony Set up to challenge the belief that classical music is only for the wealthy – and only works in concert halls – the London Symphony Orchestra’s education arm is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. Rhian Jones discovers the past, present and future of LSO Discovery 38 MUSIC TEACHER | JULY 2015 www.musicteachermagazine.co.uk