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Sun 8 Nov 2015 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

LSO Discovery Family Concert: Wonderland
Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

BEETHOVEN Overture to Prometheus
ELENA KATS-CHERNIN The Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite
PAUL RISSMANN Wonderland Suite
JOHN WILLIAMS Selections from Harry Potter

Ben Gernon conductor
Paul Rissmann
LSO Discovery Choirs
London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO presents a Family Concert on the theme of Alice in Wonderland in the Barbican Hall, featuring the full London Symphony Orchestra.

Foyer Activities

Pre-concert workshops
10.30am–12.45pm, main foyers & Fountain Room
Get into the spirit for the main performance with these music and arts & crafts workshops themed around the concert. 
Tickets: £5 per person, open to Family Concert ticket holders only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

Free foyer activities
1.10–2.20pm, main foyers & Fountain Room
Arrive early to join in with The Madhatter's Tea Party with music and games, singing workshops, storytelling workshops and the opportunity to try instruments with LSO musicians.
Tickets: Free entry, no need to book


From 2pm, Stalls Lounge
For children under seven, be sure to book a place at the free crèche in The Caterpillar's Den
Tickets: Free. Open to concert bookers only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

Audience Participation

Wonderland Suite is brand-new piece of music inspired by Alice in Wonderland and composed especially for our Family Concert by Paul Rissmann. The LSO Discovery Choir will feature as soloists during the suite, but we’d love it if you joined-in singing at key moments too.

There are five short musical phrases for you to learn, and all their words are available in the document to download below. Have a listen to how each section sounds using our special practise tracks. Then, once you have learned to sing each part, listen to the entire piece and sing along! Don’t worry if you can’t learn it all. There will be words available on the day and a drop-in singing workshop from 1.10pm in the foyer if you want to practice

For this concert there will be no instrumental participation piece so instruments will not be played in the hall. Please do bring your instruments though, if you’d like to play them in our drop-in music workshop from 1.10pm in the foyer.

Good luck!

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Wonderland Suite lyrics (PDF)







Calling all budding artists!

Although many of us have a visual sense of Alice thanks to Disney – either in her cartoon form from 1951 or in Tim Burton’s 2010 digital guise – the first ever visual representation of Wonderland was drawn by Sir John Tenniel.

During our concert in the Barbican, we will project all the lyrics the children sing above the orchestra, but there are also some purely instrumental sections in the Suite. So it would be great to have some nice bold, images to show on screen as the orchestra play!

We would love to receive artwork inspired by:

  • The Cheshire Cat
  • The Hatter’s Tea Party 

Why not read some excerpts from the book and then make your own artwork inspired by these characters or scenes?

Please send your work to the LSO digitally and we will try and show as many pictures as possible on screen during these movements during the concert. For best results the pictures should:

  • be as colourful as possible – pen, paint, crayon all project brilliantly – pencil is not so successful!
  • be in A4 landscape format with a margin 17mm from the edge
  • have no names appear on the drawing (it gets far too exciting if we project young people’s names on screen!)

Please then e-mail your artwork, preferably as a PDF, to wallis.leahy@lso.co.uk before Monday 2 November 2015.