Upbeat - London Musical Theatre Orchestra

Upbeat

What is LMTO Upbeat?

LMTO Upbeat delivers musical theatre workshops which provide initial access to learning an orchestral instrument, build a framework for ongoing music lessons within a school, and uses music as a medium for social cohesion and individual expression. LMTO Upbeat works with Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

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In partnership with schools and music services, LMTO Upbeat seeks to inspire practical music making in everyday life for students at secondary schools through the medium of musical theatre. With opportunities to learn a new instrument, continue developing on a current instrument, perform, sing and work together in an ensemble, there’s something for everyone. No previous experience is required, just an enthusiasm to get involved.

‘Orchestral’ instruments can often be misconstrued as purely ‘classical’ instruments. LMTO Upbeat’s aim is to debunk that image and demonstrate the versatility and accessibility of instrumental playing to all, inspiring a new generation of musicians. Through working alongside West End musicians across a series of weeks, students have the opportunity to explore instrumental playing, musical theatre, and the music profession up close.

LMTO also supports both the schools and the music service in creating opportunities for the students, helping forge relationships within their local area, and facilitating the growth of instrumental playing in school.

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2021 Project - Chiltern Academy, Luton

Autumn 2021 saw LMTO work with 40 students at Chiltern Academy aged between 12-15 years old, introducing them to new instruments and culminating in a performance of musical theatre numbers.

As a direct result of the project, the school introduced peripatetic lessons for the first time, with 45 students signing up at the first opportunity. 100% of the participants said they wanted to do more with LMTO, and 88% of the participants are likely to continue playing their instrument.

Click the links above to read more about the project and hear what the students thought!

We are already making plans for 2023 so if you are a music service or school who would like to get involved, please get in touch by emailing our Learning & Development Producer, Frances at frances@lmto.org

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