LSO Discovery Family Concert: Firebird


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sat 3 Jun 2017 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London


Elim Chan conductor
Rachel Leach
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


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Elim Chan's appearance with the LSO is generously supported by Reignwood


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Supported by LSO Friends

The Evil Tsar has turned twelve princesses into stone, and only Prince Ivan and his friend the Firebird can set them free! This Russian folk story about a magical bird was transformed into a ballet by Stravinsky in the early 1900s, and with the help of our presenter Rachel Leach and conductor Elim Chan we’ll be bringing the story and characters back to life with Stravinsky’s music played by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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. Bring your instrument if you have one!

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.


Foyer Activities

Pre-concert workshops
10.30am–12.45pm, main foyers
Get into the spirit for the afternoon performance with morning workshops themed around the concert. 


Join professional musicians in this creative music-making workshop. Together we’ll create our own composition, inspired by the vivid and exciting music in Stravinsky’s The Firebird. If you play an instrument bring it along, or if not, take part using our percussion.


In this hands-on workshop, you will create your own mask and tote bag including folk art patterns and designs inspired by the Firebird. Our experienced artist will guide you through the process with hints and tips to help along the way. 

Tickets: £7 adults, £5 under-18s, 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
Arrive early to join in with exciting free arts activities in the foyers. 

Tickets: Free entry, no need to book

REMEMBER: If you have one, make sure to bring your own instrument to the workshops and activities – especially if you want to join in with the participation piece!


From 2pm
For children under seven, be sure to book a place at the free crèche.

Tickets: Free. Open to concert bookers only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

Participation Music

The music for Rachel Leach’s participation piece, The Firebird's Song, is now ready to download! You can follow the links below to look at the sheet music and listen to the piece ahead of the concert.

There will be an opportunity to practiseThe Firebird's Song on the day of the concert with professional musicians, 1.10-2.15pm in the Barbican foyers.

REMEMBER: If you play an instrument, bring it along so you can join in during the concert from your seat in the audience. If you do not play an instrument, you can join in singing! 

Listen to the recording and sing along using the downloadable song sheet.

Download the part that’s best for you:
• Violin, flute and oboe – C / Easy melody
• Clarinet and trumpet – Bb
• Alto Saxophone – E-flat
• French horn – F 
• Viola – alto clef 
• Cello, bassoon, tuba and double bass – bassline / Easy bass


download audioListen to The Firebird's Song


download audioPractise The Firebird's Song with the piano


download genericDownload the instrumental sheet music for The Firebird's Song


download genericDownload the vocal sheet music for The Firebird's Song



Listen to the LSO performing The Firebird on our Spotify playlist.