Family Concert: What Do You Do With an Idea?


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sat 1 Jun 2019 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

BEETHOVEN First movement from Symphony No 5
ELGAR Selection from ‘Enigma Variations’
IVES The Housatonic at Stockbridge
PAUL RISSMANN What Do You Do With an Idea?

Paul Rissmann composer & presenter
Victor Craven
Carlie Angel
LSO Community Choir
LSO Discovery Junior Choir
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

Part of 2018/19 Season

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

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra with your family as we tell the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself, until one day something amazing happens.

What Do You Do with an Idea? is a musical and theatrical reimagining of the acclaimed children’s book by Kobi Yamada, combining the music of the Orchestra with singing, lighting and dance.

Composer Paul Rissmann also explores the incredible music of Beethoven, Ives and Elgar, presenting a magical concert about the power of creativity and how ideas have the power to change the world.

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. 

Please be aware that the pre-concert foyer activities are hugely popular and operate on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

© Compendium, Inc.
Author: Kobi Yamada
Illustrations: Mae Besom

About LSO Family Concerts

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!

Pre-concert activities

12–2.15pm, Barbican Foyers

Free family art and music workshops


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.

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