How to Build an Orchestra

LSO Discovery: Resources for families, young people aged 7+ and Key Stage 2 teachers

How to Build an Orchestra – By Mary Auld, in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra

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Discover everything about orchestras and their instruments with this beautifully illustrated childrens' book, produced in association with Hachette Children‘s Group. 

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra. With accompanying CDs and downloadable music, follow our conductor on his journey and uncover every detail of an orchestra.

With pictograms of a full-size symphony orchestra and information on all of the music featured, as well as a foreword by Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the LSO, this is the must-have book on the orchestra and its instruments for children aged 7+.

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Free accompanying resources for young people at home or in school

How to Build an Orchestra – Creative Projects at Home (aged 8+)

Curated and written by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach

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Designed to be used alongside our new children’s book How to Build an Orchestra, this collection of creative projects takes Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Ravel’s Bolero as the starting point for some fun and inventive home music making. The book features video how-to’s and audio extracts of both works performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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How to Build an Orchestra – Resources for Key Stage 2 Teachers

Curated and written by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach

This book is designed to help Key Stage 2 teachers and their classes explore our exciting new children’s book: How to Build an Orchestra, written by Mary Auld in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra. This book contains creative classroom projects supported through video tutorials along with audio extracts of the orchestra performing famous works by Beethoven and Ravel.

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