Family Concert: How to Build an Orchestra


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sun 27 Feb 2022 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets from 'Romeo and Juliet'
Rachel Leach Let's Make a Band!
Bartók First movement from Divertimento
Mozart Finale from Gran Partita
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Britten Percussion Variation from 'A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra'
Beethoven Extracts from Symphony No 6
Ravel Boléro

Rachel Leach presenter
Chloe Rooke conductor 
London Symphony Orchestra

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

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


Barbican Access members
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Join the LSO and animateur Rachel Leach as they guide you through the instruments and the amazing sounds an orchestra can make. From Beethoven to Britten, Mozart to Ravel hear the strings, woodwind, brass and percussion show how they all are vital pieces of the orchestral make up.

This concert is inspired by the award winning book How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld, with illustrations by Elisa Paganelli and written in collaboration with the 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 order the book online.

Click here to buy the book

Distanced Seating

Standard seating is being used in most of the Hall for this concert. Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats in the Balcony.

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group when they take their seats. All audience members are asked to wear a face covering unless exempt.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Your Visit

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The Barbican Centre is fully accessible. Please visit this page for full details or contact us at [email protected] at any point ahead of your visit to let us know how we can support you.

Foyer Activities

12–2.15pm, Barbican Foyers

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

Please note that as we come out of the pandemic, we are offering a reduced number of pre-concert workshop activities for the safety of all audience members, artists and staff.  

These timed workshops have a strict limited capacity and places must be pre-booked. Concert-goers will receive a link to book places a few days before the concert.  

Instrumental participation piece rehearsal
Fountain Room, 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!

Bass clef part

Strings part

Woodwind in C part

Trumpet & Clarinet in Bb Trumpet & Clarinet in Bb 

Audience part 

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

Warm up your voices ahead of the concert in these energetic singing workshops and learn the participation song, Let’s Make a Band!

Arts and crafts
Clubstage, Level -1 
Start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Join artist Reza Ben Gajra to design, craft and make your very own musical instrument.