As part of the Berlin Philharmonic’s week-long London residency in February 2015, the Barbican and Southbank Centres joined forces with the London Symphony Orchestra to launch a new mixed-ability Young Orchestra for London.

The ensemble comprised 100 students aged between 11 and 21, of Grade 3 standard and above, who gave two performances conducted by Berlin Philharmonic principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle – on the Barbican Concert Hall Stage on 12 February, and the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom on 15 February.

Photos: Belinda Lawley

Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here.