Playing with the LSSO improves the musicality of each individual performer, but it is also a very friendly, social orchestra where great friendships are formed. Though the standards are high, there is a sense of fun and joy about working together as a group that is almost impossible to measure.
Taking part in the LSSO teaches the individual how to work as a team. This demands a different set of skills to playing on their own. Practice however is still the key - both for winning a place in the orchestra, as well as making the most of your experience while a part of it.
If you want to join the LSSO, it is probably sensible to get involved with any school music ensembles that are available, be they choirs, string quartets, wind ensembles, or symphonic bands. Joining the Saturday classes at the Centre for Young Musicians or one of the London music colleges is also a good idea. That will prepare you for the audition process of the LSSO. This usually takes place each November.