Family Concert: Folksong & Fantasy


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sun 27 Jan 2019 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

JÓN LEIFS Icelandic Folk Dance No I
SALLY BEAMISH The Flight of the Eagle
GRIEG At the cradle from ‘Lyric Pieces’
KÁRI BÆK Catch the Wind (Veiða vind)
GRIEG In the Hall of the Mountain King from ‘Peer Gynt’

Jessica Cottis conductor
James Redwood
London Symphony Orchestra


Tickets: £5 under-18s; £16 £12 £10 adults

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

Part of the main season multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys

On sale dates:
Online: Friday 2 February 2018 10am
By Phone: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am
In Person: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra with your family and be captivated by traditional tunes and tales of yore. Our music and stories hail from the sparkling skies and icy mountains of northern lands, including Catch the Wind/Veiða vind – a tale of elves and dragons by author Rakel Helmsdal, all the way from the Faroe Islands.

Fun and informative, the LSO’s family concerts are specially designed to entertain the whole family. Presented in a unique and engaging way, let us guide you through a themed programme, with some music you'll know and some you won't. And it’s not just sitting in silence either – we always offer the chance to get involved by playing and singing along, and you can get into the spirit of the concert with free activities and immersive workshops in the Barbican foyers beforehand.

Pre-concert activities

12–2.15pm, Barbican Foyers

Get into the spirit of the concert with our fun, free interactive activities


Some workshops have a limited capacity, so go to your favourite activity first or arrive a few minutes before the workshop start time so you have the best chance of getting in!

Workshop start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Music workshop
Fountain Room, Level G

Join Detta Danford and Rhia Parker and a team of professional musicians in these creative music workshops to produce your own adventure soundscape on one of our instruments!

Singing workshop

Stalls Lounge, Level -1

Warm your voices up ahead of the concert in these energetic singing workshops to learn the participation song, Folksong and Fantasy, with Charles MacDougall.

Storytelling workshop
Clubstage, Level -1

Rachel Lincoln takes you on a journey through the seasons to magical worlds; witness your imaginations and dragons come to life with your stories! In partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning.

Drop-in activities

Activities run from midday to 2.15pm

Arts and Crafts
Freestage, Level G

Join artist Reza Ben Gajra to create your very own dragon or elf headdress to take away and wear during the concert. Be as creative as you like!

Big Barbican Adventure

Foyers, including both indoor and outdoor locations

Explore the Barbican in this do-it-yourself adventure trail for families. Set off to discover the secrets of the Barbican through cryptic clue solving, drawing and games. Don’t forget to pick up a free trail kit from the info desk!

Audience Participation

Audience Participation Song

During this concert we'll be asking you to sing along with the Orchestra in our specially written audience folksong! If you'd like to get in a bit of practice then you can download the music and listen to the audio files below:

Voice & Piano parts
Voice part
Piano score

Audio files
Voice with piano
Piano only

Concert supported by LSO Patrons

Foyer events presented in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning


From 2pm
There is a free crèche available for younger siblings under the age of 7. Places must be booked in advance by calling the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891.


LSO Discovery Family Concerts give families the opportunity to experience a world-class orchestra up-close, and learn more about the music we play.

Featuring excerpts from some of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, and often accompanied by a presenter to guide the audience through what you’ll be hearing, these concerts are the perfect way to introduce your children to the world of classical music.

They’re only an hour long and you’ll always have the chance to join in (no more sitting in silence!), whether during the concert itself or at the interactive workshops and masterclasses available throughout the foyers. You might even get the chance to meet the LSO musicians themselves!

This is a fun day out for all the family, and we make sure that everyone is looked after, has a great time and most of all enjoys the music!

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