Family Concert: Forests & Fairytales


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

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

DVOŘÁK Extracts from The Golden Spinning Wheel
RACHEL LEACH The Hungry Wolf (audience participation song)
MUSSORGSKY Gnomus and Catacombs from 'Pictures at an Exhibition'
MUSSORGSKY Night on the Bare Mountain
PROKOFIEV Wolf and Hunters from 'Peter and the Wolf'

Jamie Phillips conductor 
Rachel Leach
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

Part of the 2019/20 season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra as the LSO and presenter Rachel Leach guide you through the enchanted woods of Eastern Europe and their tangled tales of wolves and witchcraft. Explore a musical path through the dappled light and dark glades led by the evocative works of Dvorak, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev.

Fun and informative, the LSO’s Family Concerts are presented in a unique and engaging way, with a themed programme, 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 from 12pm.

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!

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Pre-concert Activities

12–2.15pm, Barbican Foyers

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


These timed workshops have a strict limited capacity and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We suggest you 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!

Music workshop
Stalls Lounge, Level -1
Start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Join Sam Chaplin and a team of professional musicians in these creative music workshops to compose new music based on a magical journey through the forest on one of our instruments!

Singing workshop
Fountain Room, Level G
Start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Warm up your voices ahead of the concert in these energetic singing workshops to learn the participation song, ‘The Hungry Wolf’ with Lucy Drever.

Participation piece rehearsal
Fountain Room Foyer, Level G
Start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Join LSO musicians to learn and rehearse the instrumental parts for ‘The Hungry Wolf’, which will be performed during the concert. Bring your own instrument!

Secret Adventurers’ Club
Freestage, Level G
Start times: 12pm / 12.20pm / 12.40pm / 1pm / 1.20pm / 1.40pm / 2pm

The Secret Adventurers’ Club will help you make beautiful flower crowns or magic wands to create an enchanted atmosphere in the concert.

Drop-in activities

Activities run from midday to 2.15pm

Arts and Crafts
Clubstage, Level -1

Join artist Shelly Wain to make your very own house in the woods lantern. Who is in your house? Watch it glow when the lights go low…

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 LSO info desk on Level G!

Audience Participation

We'll be asking the audience to join in with the Orchestra during The Hungry Wolf.

If you'd like to get in a bit of practice, either on your instrument or singing along, you can download the music and listen to the audio files below:

Instrumental/Voice parts
Vocal part and words
Violin | Flute | Oboe
Clarinet | Tenor Sax | Trumpet 
Alto Sax 
French Horn
Bassoon | Trombone | Tuba | Cello | Double Bass 

Audio files
Piano with voice
Piano only 

What to Expect

See photos from our recent Family Concert What Do You Do With an Idea?


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, 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 in the foyers. You might even get 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!