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Frequently-asked questions

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01. Why has this resource been created?

The London Grid for Learning Trust is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM), a Division of the Guildhall School, and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) to further support high quality music education in schools across the capital.

The resource initially hosts a comprehensive archive of LSSO activities since its creation in 1951, as well as key interviews with players, tutors and the LSSO Artistic Director.

In future, the archive will be developed to also support the development of online teachers' resources for LSSO concerts, using LSSO performances at the heart of the stimulus material.

02. Who can access this resource?

The LSSO resource is available to all UK schools, parents and other music lovers as a public-facing online resource. It can be accessed anywhere, anytime without the need for a login.

03. What are the system requirements for this website?

This website has been designed to work on a wide range of systems but please be aware that it contains a large number of high resolution images and HD videos so loading times may vary depending on the specification of your computer and the speed of your Internet connection. Checking the following things can also improve your viewing experience:

Screen resolution

The website has been designed to be viewed on a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels but for the best viewing experience you should set your resolution and colours to their highest possible settings. You or your system administrator can do this by going to Control Panel >> Display Settings on your PC.

Screen Resolution

Browser usage

While this website may work on older web browsers, we recommend using one of the following for the best experience:

If you're having problems, check that you're using the most up-to-date version of your web browser.

This website is not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 and below due to the technical limitations and lack of support for this web browser.

JavaScript is enabled

To use some elements of this website you will need to have JavaScript enabled in your web browser. You or your system administrator can do this by doing the following:

Internet Explorer

Internet Options/Security/Custom Level... and Enable Active Scripting.

JavaScript enabled in IE


Options/Content... and Enable JavaScript.

JavaScript enabled in Firefox

04. Who has helped create this resource?

LGfL is very grateful for the assistance and support of Peter Ash, the LSSO's Artistic Director, and Stephen Dagg, Director at the Centre for Young Musicians, in the development of this resource. Nicy Roberts from the Friends of LSSO has provided invaluable assistance in accessing and making the most of the orchestral archive.

05. Is this resource aimed at teachers or for students to use independently?

The LSSO resource is designed to support both these approaches. In particular, teachers are encouraged to show the site to students in school so they can 'immerse' themselves in the wider background material in their own time.

The resource has also been built to support independent research activities for students into the topics covered.

06. I have a suggestion on how the resource can be improved – how can I feedback my ideas?

We really do want to know what teachers think, and where appropriate, improve the resource based on feedback from end-users. Use this online feedback form to send us your thoughts.

07. My students have created high-quality work as a result of using this resource. How can I share their achievement?

We are always keen to hear from teachers whose use of our resources has led to exceptional student achievement, and would be delighted to see examples of this. Please contact, or use the above form to contact us.

08. Is this resource for Primary or Secondary schools?

As far as schools are concerned, the LSSO resource has been created to support both primary and secondary teachers, but it is expected to be used more in upper-Primary and Secondary. Outside the school context, LGfL looks forward to former LSSO members using the resource, and helping fill any gaps in the archive by emailing missing programmes and newsletters to content