An LSO Family Concert: What Do You Do With an Idea?

Every LSO Family Concert features the full Orchestra performing brilliant music – but for the audience, it's never just listening in silence!

To create an interactive show that'll leave you humming the tunes as you head home, we collaborate with composers, illustrators, storytellers, dancers and directors. At our concert in June, composer Paul Rissmann reimagined Kobi Yamada's acclaimed book What Do You Do With an Idea? as a musical, theatrical show. The production was originally commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and was transported to the Barbican Hall with the help of director Victor Craven and dancer Carlie Angel. We thought we'd let you know a bit more about what to expect from an LSO Family Concert.

Before the show, the Barbican foyers were busy with creative activities, including the chance to make a terrarium …

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… or to learn about and try out instruments with players from the LSO and Guildhall School of Music and Drama …

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… and to create music together with professional musicians, like cellist Amanda, in the music making workshop.

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The Concert was based on Kobi Yamada’s book – What Do You Do With an Idea? – which composer and presenter Paul Rissmann brought to life with music and dance …

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… and the Orchestra was conducted by Felix Mildenberger, winner of the 2018 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

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There were songs to sing along to with the LSO Discovery Junior Choir.

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And Carlie Angel danced the part of the Idea!

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Outside the hall, the foyer was transformed by a huge tree of ideas designed by Kirsty Harris, where everyone was invited to share an idea that could change the world.

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Photos by Kevin Leighton

More for Families
Elmer's Walka storytelling concert for under-5s, comes to LSO St Luke's on Sunday 23 June.
In the 2019/20 season, we look forward to three more family concerts on 27 October 2019, 7 March 2020 and 16 May 2020