Key Stage Concerts

Our Key Stage Concerts for schools are designed especially for Key Stages 1 and 2 and Secondary School audiences, and take place each term at the Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS.

After two years of suspended activity due to COVID 19 restictions we are delighted to welcome students and teachers back to the Barbican Centre to join us this summer 2022.

Booking has now opened with a deadline to apply for tickets on Monday 7 February. Please ensure that you are on our mailing list by subscribing via the form at the right-hand side of this page.


Secondary Schools Concert

Spark Catchers - the often secret story of women composers
Thursday 5 May 2022, 12pm
Animateur: Rachel Leach

A concert exploring fabulous forgotten or neglected female composers from across the centuries. For many years it just wasn’t socially accepted to be a composer and a woman so these pioneers often had to live a normal life alongside their music.

Discover the stories alongside the music and find out about the composer who might have also been a spy, the suffragette composer, the secret composer and the inspiring story of the Victorian match girls who started a revolution and inspired a wonderful 21st century piece

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Key Stage 1 Concert

Orchestra as a Puzzle
Monday 9 May 2022, 11am & 12.10pm
Animateur: Tim Redmond

When you listen to an orchestra, have you ever wondered how it works? There are so many people playing at the same time; how do they manage that? And how does the conductor really make music come to life?

Explore each section of the orchestra to discover the pieces of the musical puzzle!

Teacher INSET day: Thursday 10 March, LSO St Luke's, EC1V 9NG

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Key Stage 2 Concert

Spark Catchers - the oftern secret story of women composers
Wednesday 4 May 2022, 10.40am & 12pm
Animateur: Rachel Leach

A concert exploring fabulous forgotten or neglected female composers from across the centuries. For many years it just wasn’t socially accepted to be a composer and a woman so these pioneers often had to live a normal life alongside their music.

Discover the stories alongside the music and find out about the composer who might have also been a spy, the suffragette composer, the secret composer and the inspiring story of the Victorian match girls who started a revolution and inspired a wonderful 21st century piece

Teacher INSET day: Thursday 17 March, LSO St Luke's

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INSET Days

For the KS1 and KS2 concerts we will hold INSET days in this Spring term for those teachers attending those concerts. These are an opportunity for teachers to be introduced to specially written classroom projects linked to the concerts and have the chance to get to know any participation songs, learning the best techniques of teaching these to their class. Teachers will receive a Project Pack, outlining these classroom activities and any additional resources to help prepare their students for the concert. This is included in the price of the ticket.


Booking Process

  • Once booking opens there will be a deadline to apply for tickets to the concerts on Monday 7 February 2022.
  • By Thursday 10 February we will have let you know whether or not we have been able to allocate the tickets to your school.
  • Tickets are allocated via lottery, however, priority will be given to schools who have applied for the previous two consecutive terms, but have not been successful in obtaining tickets.
  • Tickets cost £4 per person (both student and adult tickets) and are payable via invoice, which we will send to your school once tickets have been allocated.

Digital resources

Please click here to read about all our current online resources for teachers and parents alike.


Future concert dates

We will update this page with any forthcoming concert dates. Please ensure you join our mailing list by filling in the subscription box to the right of this text to be contacted via e-mail when booking opens per term.

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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Key Stage 2 Concerts

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Two can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – see a live orchestra and sing along in the participation song
  • EXPLORE – research the orchestra on LSO Play or delve into the history of the London Symphony Orchestra
  • CREATE – compose your own class piece using our free project pack and teacher INSET session, which are included as part of your concert booking

To find out more about Arts Award click here.

School group at a Key Stage concert

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