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London Symphony Orchestra encourages adults with learning disabilities

Lemos&Crane are supporting the London Symphony Orchestra's work providing adults with learning disabilities the chance to experience the world-famous LSO perform in relaxed and informal settings. These public events include a free open rehearsal on the 9th October and free Friday lunchtime concerts on the 17th and 31st October and 21st November.

This work supporting the LSO is part of our wider project promoting better access to the arts, museums and galleries for adults with learning disabilties. You can read more about this work here. 

As part of a wider project developing their programme for adults with learning disabilties, the LSO are also working to improve access for adults with learning disabilties to established wider participation opportunities, including open rehearsals and friday lunchtime concerts.

Upcoming events

Following an excellent response, all of the Autumn term events are now fully booked. There will be more opportunities next year. 

 Details of this term’s events are listed below. All the events are free but you do need to book. If you would like more information please contact Natalie Chivers at

Open Rehearsal, 9th October, 10am-1pm 

Open rehearsals are an opportunity to see the London Symphony Orchestra rehearse world-class music without the pressure of sitting through an evening concert. These informal events are also a sneak-peek into how a professional orchestra works. The open rehearsal is free but you will need to book. 

Thu 9 Oct 10am-1pm at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Travel information can be found here. Access information can be found here. There will be free refreshments at this event.   

The repertoire the orchestra will be playing at this rehearsal is:

Dukas - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Written by french composer Paul Dukas in 1896–97 this was by far the most performed and recorded of Dukas's works. It is most famous for its appearance in the Walt Disney 1940 animated film Fantasia in which Mickey Mouse plays the role of the apprentice.

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2: Composed between 1787 and 1789 this became an important piece for the young Beethoven as he wanted to prove himself as a great pianist and composer after moving to Vienna. Beethoven himself apparently did not like this piece very much, but audiences did not agree - they felt there was a new sense of drama to this piece that became present in many of Beethoven's later pieces. 

Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade: Known as The Arabian Nights, this piece is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work. The music tells a story:

The Sultan Schariar, convinced that all women are false and faithless, vowed to marry many times only to kill his new wives on the night of the wedding. One of his wives, the Sultana Scheherazade decided to try and stay alive by entertaining the Sultan with fascinating tales for a thousand and one nights. Her plan worked and he postponed her murder every night to hear more, finally falling in love with her.

Friday lunchtime concerts, 17th and 31st October and 21st November 12.30-1.15pm

LSO Discovery Lunchtime Concerts are free informal and relaxed concerts that take place every term in the beautiful surroundings of LSO St Luke’s in Old Street.

The concerts feature musicians from the LSO and the Guildhall School. They are presented by Rachel Leach and include a session where the audience can ask questions. Each term has a different theme and autumn 2014 will concentrate on songs.  The concerts are free but you will need to book. 

The concerts this term will be:

Performed by Holly Bingham – mezzo-soprano, Johannes Kammlet – baritone and Ricardo Gosalbo - piano 

Performed by postgraduate singers from the Guildhall School 

Performed by postgraduate singers from the Guildhall School.Image:Kevin Leighton

LSO St Luke's

LSO St Luke’s is at 161 Old St, London, EC1V 9NG. Travel details can be found here.The building is fully accessible. More information on access can be found hereFood and drink: The café at LSO St Luke’s is open for refreshments or a light lunch before and after the concert 11.30am – 2pm, and you can receive a special deal on refreshments and cakes. Please ask when you book.             

For more information about this project please contact Sarah at For more information about the events please contact Natalie Chivers by email at

Open rehearsal image: Maryvonne Arnaud

Friday lunchtime concert image: Kevin Leighton 

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