LSO Discovery Family Concert: A Roald Dahl Celebration


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sat 3 Dec 2016 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Programme includes:
 Overture: Egmont
Sibelius En Saga
Brian Irvine Daisy the Cow
Tim Redmond Crocky-wock
Tim Minchin Naughty from Matilda
Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Goodwin Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 

Tim Redmond conductor
LSO Discovery Choirs
London Symphony Orchestra


Tickets: £5 under-18s; £10 adults

£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Part of the 2016/17 season

Roald Dahl 100

Rec ClassicFM 2016 150 50

Supported by LSO Friends

LSO Sing is supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, LSO Friends, Rothschild Charities Committee, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May and Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement

Also in this series:

Sun 26 Mar 2017 2.30pm:
LSO Discovery Family Concert

Sat 3 Jun 2017 2.30pm:
LSO Discovery Family Concert

Thu 22 Jun 2017 7.30pm:
LSO Discovery Summer Showcase

This event is now SOLD OUT. Space is still available for our morning workshops, but we will be releasing tickets for the main concert as they become available, so please check back regularly for updates. Otherwise, BOOK NOW for our next Family Concert in March to avoid disappointment.

Roald Dahl's magical story-telling is as fresh now as it was when he started putting pen to paper following his years as a fighter ace in World War II, so why not join us in celebrating his centenary and re-living the magical stories through music, alongside classical music that Dahl loved. There'll be an opportunity to join in and to finish off, the Orchestra will play Paul Patterson's virtuosic setting of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – one of Dahl's truly Revolting Rhymes.

There are various exciting workshops in the Barbican foyers which take place during the morning of and just before each concert. These differ for each concert but you’ll always get the opportunity to meet LSO players and take part in musical activities. 

We also provide a crèche for use during the concert for younger siblings. Those with children under the age of 7 are encouraged to use the crèche, and must book places in advance – please see the information below.

Pre-concert Activities

10.30am–12.45pm, main foyers

Venture into Dahl's Revolting Rhyme Little Red Riding Hood in this creative music making workshop led by professional musicians and a narrator. You'll have the chance to explore how musical motifs represent characters in the story – imagine what might happen when the sound of a devilishly hungry wolf meets the music of a devious and cunning Red Riding Hood. If you play an instrument bring it along, or have a go on some of our percussion. This workshop will help to set the scene for the concert during which the LSO will perform Paul Patterson’s version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Join fantastic puppeteers from the Armchair Puppet Theatre to create and manipulate your own shadow puppets. Together we’ll use them to re-tell one of Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes: The Three Little Pigs. Do be warned, Dahl has written no ordinary version of the story – there'll be twists and turns along the way, and a surprising ending...

Tickets £7 adults, £5 under-18s, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

1.10–2.20pm, main foyers

A whistle-stop journey through Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Let your imaginations run wild as we create music and sound effects to retell the twisted tale. Bring your instrument or use some of our percussion. This 20-minute workshop is a great chance to familiarise yourself with the story before we hear Paul Patterson’s musical version with the full LSO in concert.

Design and create your own shadow puppet before taking to the limelight on our shadow puppet screen in this drop-in workshop. There’ll be artists to help guide you through the activity, and a puppeteer who’ll interact with you and your puppet in your spotlight moment.

Come and colour your own character mask. We’ll have templates for you to choose from, and with the help of our artists you’ll have a marvellous mask to show off in no time.

Come along to practise the participation song and get your voices warmed up for the concert. There'll be a chance to learn Tim Redmond's Crocky-wock and we'll sing through some of Tim Minchin's Naughty from Matilda.

Tickets Free entry, no need to book

Foyer events presented in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning


Free crèche service for children under 7, open from 2pm.

Advance booking is essential. Please call the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891.

Participation Music

Here is a link to Crocky-wock, the vocal participation piece for our Dahl concert. Please have a look if you want to learn the part in advance, but don’t worry if you aren’t able to download the audio before the concert – there will be workshops on the day where you can learn it (and we'll also give you some help during the concert!)

download audioListen to Crocky-wock


download genericSheet Music for Crocky-wock