Lucerne Symphony Orchestra HORIZONTE, Switzerland

In the three years from 2012 to 2015, the LSO will give 12,500 vulnerable children and adults the chance to discover classical music through projects and workshops.

The Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra (LSO) is Switzerland's oldest orchestra and enjoys an international reputation. Funded by the Foundation since 2009, its HORIZONTE educational programme gives 3,500 vulnerable children and adults unprecedented access to classical music and musical education every season.

There's a wonderful spirit of collaboration and inclusivity in the projects and workshops. For example, disabled and non-disabled people have worked together on scenic approaches to music and children and senior citizens have learned about sound improvisations together.

Hundreds of young people have met LSO musicians personally during rehearsals or school visits and children and adolescents have been able to intensively examine music in the workshop projects. 

June 2014 saw the roll-out of the new LSO Music Bus, which is part of the Orchestra's social inclusion programme. The Bus toured the region, bringing music projects to schools, hospitals, and social welfare institutions.

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Key figures

  • 12,500

    people to benefit

  • 200

    wheelchair users attending musical events

12,500 people to benefit
200 wheelchair users attending musical events

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