Family Concert: How to Build an Orchestra


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sat 7 Mar 2020 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Prokofiev 'Montagues & Capulets' from Romeo and Juliet
Bartók Divertimento (extract)
Mozart Gran Partita (extracts)
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (extract)
Ravel arr Rachel Leach Bolero
Beethoven Symphony No 6 (extracts)
Rachel Leach Let's Make a Band!

Jessica Cottis conductor
Rachel Leach presenter
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 2019/20 season

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

When it comes to making music, there's nothing for it like an orchestra! Learn how the instruments come together to make onstage magic with music that shows each of the orchestra's instruments at their best. Take in the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra, sing along and join in with free workshops in the Barbican foyers before the concert. Why not learn some of the music and bring your instrument to join in with the concert? Find the music and details below

The show is based on new children's book How to Build an Orchestra, following a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra, and featuring illustrations of Sir Simon Rattle and real LSO players. You can pre-order the book online, or purchase a copy when you come to see the concert. 



Presented in a unique and engaging way, you won’t need to sit in silence for these concerts – we always offer the chance to participate, and you can get into the spirit with free activities and immersive workshops in the Barbican foyers from 12pm.

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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 Kizzy Brooks and a team of professional musicians in these creative music workshops to compose new music based on Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet 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, ‘Let’s Make a Band’ with Emily Dickens.

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

Bring your own instrument and join LSO musicians to learn and rehearse the instrumental parts for ‘Let’s Make a Band!’, which will be performed during the concert.

You can download your part from this page if you’d like a sneak peek beforehand.

Let's Make a Band - All strings

Let's Make a Band - Trumpet / Clarinet in Bb

Let's Make a Band - Woodwind in C

Let's Make a Band - Bass clef readers

Let's Make a Band - All participation parts

Listen to the song

If you need a part which isn't listed above, please email us to let us know

Instrument cases

Enhanced security and bag measures are in place, so all instrument cases and large bags must be left in the cloakroom. Please take your instrument out of its case and ino the Hall if you would like to join in the participation piece, and leave plenty of time to visit the cloakroom before the concert begins. Thank you for your cooperation.

Drop-in activities

Activities run from midday to 2.15pm

Arts and Crafts
Clubstage, Level -1

Join artist and animator Reza Ben Gajra to make your very own musical instruments, then push your creativity to the next level by making them come to life in a group stop-motion animation.

LSO Play
Freestage, Level G

Experience one of the world’s leading orchestras like never before by exploring LSO Play, a free interactive and immersive web app. View the orchestra in performance from multiple camera angles and learn more about the musicians, instruments and repertoire.

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!

What to Expect

Get to know the music with our How to Build an Orchestra playlist.

Join in the concert. 
Bring your own instrument to the concert and join in with the concert - download the parts below for a sneak peek! 
You can also join LSO Musicians to learn the parts before the performance. See 'Pre-concert Activities' for details.  

Let's Make a Band - All strings

Let's Make a Band - Trumpet / Clarinet in Bb

Let's Make a Band - Woodwind in C

Let's Make a Band - Bass clef readers

Let's Make a Band - All participation parts

Listen to the song

If you need a part which isn't listed above, please email us to let us know

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.