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.

The show ties into the launch of 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 beforehand 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

What to Expect

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

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