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Schools Concerts

Termly concerts at the Barbican Centre introducing music to classes at Key Stages 1 and 2, and secondary school age.

Our Schools Concerts at the Barbican are designed especially for Key Stages 1 and 2 and Secondary School audiences, and feature music based on a theme, presented in a fun and educational way. We normally offer at least two Key Stage 1 and two Key Stage 2 concerts per term, and one Secondary School concert per year.

How to Take Part

Teachers can apply for tickets for their class via an online form when booking opens. This is usually in the previous term for the following term’s concert. Please sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear when sign up for the next concert opens. Tickets are allocated via lottery, and you will be emailed once the deadline has passed to confirm if you have tickets. Priority is given to any schools who applied for the previous two consecutive terms but were not allocated tickets.

Tickets cost £4 per person (both student and adult tickets). The total is payable via invoice before the concert, sent to your school three to four weeks prior. We accept payment by BACS or cheque.

Jump to 2023/24 dates and booking forms

Access & SEN Provisions

All concerts are fully wheelchair accessible, and there are spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the Stalls and the back row of the Circle, both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the Stalls are suitable for people with very limited mobility.

A BSL interpreter is booked for every concert. If you are attending with young people who have specific hearing access needs, please get in touch to let us know how we can support you.

We understand that young people, particularly those with special educations needs and disabilities, may make noise during the concert or need to leave the Hall. This is completely fine, and LSO and Barbican staff will be there to offer support on the day. We are currently trialling the provision of a quiet space in the Stalls Lounge, next to Door 4 (Level -1).

Accessibility at the Barbican

INSET Days

Free INSET days are included in the ticket price for teachers attending Key Stage 1 and 2 concerts, and take place at LSO St Luke’s, Old Street, usually one morning before the concert. These are an opportunity for teachers to be introduced to classroom projects linked to the concerts and to get to know any participation songs, learning the best techniques of teaching these to their class.

All teachers will receive a Project Pack which outlines the classroom activities and includes any additional resources to help prepare their pupils for the concert, including those who are not able to attend the INSET day.

 

Get In Touch

To find out more about Schools Concerts, please email:

schoolsconcerts@lso.co.uk

2023/24 Dates

Spring Term

Secondary School Wednesday 21 February: Holst’s The Planets, with Rachel Leach.

Book now for Secondary School concert

Key Stage 2 Monday 18 March: Heroes, Outlaws and Villains, with Rachel Leach (sold out)
Key Stage 1 Tuesday 19 March: Musical Mechanics, with Tim Redmond & Olivia Boen (sold out)

Summer Term

On sale February 2024

Key Stage 2 Wednesday 15 May
Key Stage 1
Monday 24 & Wednesday 26 June

FAQs

Are LSO Schools Concerts open to schools located outside of London?

Yes, any school can apply for tickets. We have had schools attend from Reading and Brighton in the past year.

How will we receive tickets?

You will receive a ticket letter along with your invoice three to four weeks prior to the concert. You will need to bring this letter with you on the day of the concert.

Can I change the number of tickets in my order once confirmed?

Please get in touch as soon as soon as possible if you need to change the number of tickets ordered. We cannot change the number of tickets ordered after an invoice has been issued.

What if I need to cancel?

Please get in touch as soon as possible if you need to cancel your tickets. In the case of cancellations received after an invoice has been issued, you will still be expected to pay the full amount.

Do you provide risk assessment information?

Yes. A Barbican-issued risk assessment for groups visiting the Centre will be sent with you booking confirmation.

How and when should we arrive on concert day?

We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the concert starts. Doors to the Hall open 20 minutes before, and we cannot hold the concert for latecomers. We try to admit latecomers as soon as possible on arrival.

Getting to the Barbican

Is there anywhere to eat lunch?

There is plenty of public, indoor space on the Barbican Foyers where you can after the concert to eat lunch. We are not able to book specific spaces for eating lunch.

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