LMM learning visits the Oxford Symphony Orchestra

Learning students and alumni took a trip to Oxford for an exciting visit to the Oxford Symphony Orchestra. The wind, rain and cold couldn’t dampen spirits as the children travelled along with their parents ready for the busy day ahead of them.

After seeing the sights on a walking tour, including the ancient university buildings and libraries still in use today, the group travelled to the magnificent Oxford Town Hall where the Oxford Symphony Orchestra were getting ready to start rehearsals for their evening concert.

The orchestra had a very British programme prepared, including Tintagel (Bax) and Viola Concerto (Walton), performed with soloist and rising star Timothy Ridout. Also being performed that evening was the Enigma Variations(Elgar)The children had the opportunity to play the ‘Theme’ and ‘Nimrod’ variation alongside the orchestra, experiencing the wonderful sound of the much-loved piece from a unique perspective. The children were well-practised and played confidently with the orchestra.

Following the rehearsal the children were able to meet Timothy one to one, who took the time to find out about the children’s musical lives and listen to them play. Offering some bespoke advice, Timothy spoke to the children about performance and practice technique, giving them ideas to take with them.

Both children and parents left feeling boosted by the unique opportunity of being involved in a multi-faceted visit to an orchestra outside of London. This was the second successful trip organised in collaboration with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, with certainly more to come in future.

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