The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) known for delivering world-class music for audiences around the world, also places 'learning' at the heart of its mission. Since the launch of its educational and community programme 'LSO Discovery' in 1990, the orchestra is widely recognised as a leader in delivering educational programmes and developing creative programmes that offer inspiring musical experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds.

In partnership with the LSO, the British Council has been running ‘Discovery for 2021’ since 2018. The programme aims to explore new ways of engagement between orchestras, musicians and diverse community groups. It has provided skills training for Japanese musicians and delivered music-making workshops in primary and secondary schools, elderly care facilities and care homes for disabled people led by LSO musicians in partnership with Japanese musicians.

This forum invites Andra East, Head of the LSO Discovery, as the keynote speaker to discuss how the Orchestra is continuing its education programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as ‘LSO Play’, an online resource which has a Japanese version that launched this spring. The second half of the forum will look back at the British Council's three-year programme with the LSO, joined by those who were involved in this project to speak about the roles of orchestras and concert halls in local communities in the future, as well as the significance of international exchange. 

Event Outline

Date & Time: 17:00-18:30 (JST), Friday 3 September 2021
Place: Online (Zoom, URL will be sent to you in advance)
Fee: Free of charge (with simultaneous interpretation)
Target audience: People working in the arts and culture sector, social welfare, education etc.
To register: Please complete the online form.

Organiser: British Council
Special Cooperation: London Symphony Orchestra
Supported by: Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Speakers (in alphabetical order):
Andra East (Head of LSO Discovery, London Symphony Orchestra)
Yuki Imai (Music teacher, Uehara Junior High School, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Naoko Kaji (Director of Business Planning, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)
Yuko Muramatsu (Double bass player, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra)
Megumi Takeuchi (Music Therapist, Roken Sumida Shukoen)

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