Unlocking the Maze: Raising the Voice of European Communities

London Symphony Orchestra

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)


Percentage of budget funded



Creative Europe



Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

1 Jan 2015 - 30 Sep 2015

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

London Symphony Orchestra


Berlin Philharmonic, Germany;

Festival d’Aix, France

The LSO (London Symphony Orchestra), in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany and the Festival d’Aix in France, received a grant of €200,000 to support activity surrounding performances of a new commission by Jonathan Dove, a semi-staged opera entitled The Monster in the Maze. Scored for professional musicians with amateur singers (children and adults) drawn from the local communities, the performances takes place in June and July 2015 in Berlin, London and Aix. 

It was the desire of Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to co-commission and produce performances of a new commission, The Monster in the Maze, by composer Jonathan Dove.

In the planning of the co-commission, the three partners decided to use this opportunity to collaborate even further, in order to:

  • Influence the development and commissioning of participatory music more widely across our European networks of venues, orchestras and festivals;
  • Encourage the positioning of the new repertoire at the heart of artistic programming and develop the audience for performances of participatory music;
  • Ensure that there is greater interest and skills amongst artists across Europe equipped to deliver high quality performances of participatory music.

Through collaboration, the three partners have developed activity around the productions in order to further these aims. The key elements to this cooperation project are:

  • The creation of an Artist Academy, in which 15 emerging artists selected by the three partners visit each of the three productions and observe rehearsals, meet the artists involved and engage in structure discussion forums surrounding each of the productions;
  • A conference in London on Sunday 5 July 2015, in which artists, programmers and other musical industry professionals explored in detail the creation of new participatory work;
  • A Symposium in Aix on 8 and 9 July 2015, which explored the practice and challenges around the project, using ‘The Monster in the Maze’ as a case study;
  • An online sharing platform, which enables the partners to share the process of preparing for the productions with each other and a wider international public.

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