The New London Orchestra presents NLO Shorts: a new series of concise videos providing an invaluable free resource for music educators. Our first series, produced during the lockdown period, introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra. Each video is presented by an NLO player and our conductor, Ronald Corp OBE, and at only 3.5 minutes long is perfect for use in the classroom.

Material covered includes how the instrument is played, its typical range and function, conventional ensembles in which it plays, standard auxiliary instruments, and more. Each video includes a wide range of musical excerpts from a diverse group of over 80 composers. These extracts cover everything from solo music to full orchestral passages, and have been specifically chosen to help students identify the different instruments, as well as significantly broadening the range of pedagogical repertoire.

These videos have been designed specifically for KS3, although they would be appropriate for students of all ages. Each video is accompanied by a worksheet for use in the classroom or as homework. As well as helping students to differentiate between instruments, the worksheets develop their understanding of the elements of music by using the embedded extracts as a vehicle for improving aural skills, while extension tasks give enthusiastic students more scope to explore the repertoire. Standard and Advanced versions of the worksheets are provided with the same questions but the standard versions also include some scaffolding to help the students. The worksheets can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The String Family

David Juritz - Violin

Martin Outram - Viola

Colin Alexander - Cello

Lucy Hare - Double Bass

Violin

David Juritz, NLO Leader

Viola

Martin Outram

Cello

Colin Alexander

Double Bass

Lucy Hare

The Woodwind Family

Sarah Newbold - Flute

Ruth Bolister - Oboe

Kimon Parry - Clarinet

Linton Stephens - Bassoon

Flute

Sarah Newbold

Oboe

Ruth Bolister

Clarinet

Kimon Parry

Bassoon

Linton Stephens

The Brass Family

James Pillai - Horn

Charlotte Buchanan - Trumpet

Sue Addison - Trombone

Hanna Mbuya - Tuba

Horn

James Pillai

Trumpet

Charlotte Buchanan

Trombone

Sue Addison

Tuba

Hanna Mbuya

Percussion

Stephen Burke

Conductor

Ronald Corp

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