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The London Symphony Orchestra's Create programme for adults with learning disabilities

‘We have a different ability, which is true improvisation.’

- LSO Create participant

Lemos&Crane are continuing to support the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Create programme for adults with learning disabilities, by conducting an independent participant-perspective evaluation. As part of this process we have been carrying out participant observation at LSO Create monthly Monday Clubs, their Intensive Performance Project, Friday Lunchtime concerts and workshops, as well as conducting focus groups with prospective and current participants. The evaluation work will help LSO to ensure that LSO Create continues to deliver an inclusive and enjoyable programme, from which participants can develop their musicality, skills, confidence and well-being. In turn, this work form a best practice example from which other organisations wishing to become more inclusive for people with learning disabilities might learn.

Having recently delivered our first evaluation report to LSO, we have found evidence of clear benefits for participants – both in terms of their musical skills and wider social and emotional outcomes – as well as positive outcomes for participating LSO musicians. There is a striking sense of ownership among the group; the Monday Club in particular are clearly dedicated to the LSO Create programme. As the evaluation continues into its next phase we will explore in more depth the creative process that participants work through during their time at LSO – how music is made and whether different methods and approaches to delivering Create sessions have different outcomes in terms of creativity, composition and musicianship.

Our work with the LSO forms part of a larger body of work that Lemos&Crane are undertaking on the potential of the arts, galleries and museums to promote well-being and social inclusion for excluded or vulnerable groups. You can read more about this work here

If you would like more information about any of our work in the arts, galleries or museums please get in touch with Sarah.

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