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How the LSSO contributes to musicianship

There is little doubt that playing in the LSSO improves the musicianship of even the most talented young instrumentalist.

The orchestra's broad repertoire demands an awareness of many different musical styles and genres. Each player also needs a different set of skills to those required by a soloist. A successful performance requires each player to be precise about rhythm, to sharpen their awareness of intonation, and to follow others - whether the conductor or the section leader. In short, they must learn to play as a unit and to make a single collective sound.

Working with professional soloists and conductors, whether in rehearsal or in performance, also brings each player a little closer to being a professional musician themselves.

The fact that practice is essential to developing the full potential of every young musician can be a hard lesson to learn. And sometimes that experience can be humbling. For whatever their talents as an individual, each player must master the discipline of playing together, in tune, and blending their own sound with those of their colleagues around them. It is a crucial step to becoming a more complete musician.

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