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An illustration of three cellists and a double bass player in the London Symphony Orchestra.

How to Build an Orchestra

Discover orchestras and their instruments in this beautifully illustrated book for children aged 7+, families and teachers.

How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld, in collaboration with the LSO

Discover everything about orchestras and their instruments in this beautifully illustrated childrens’ book, produced in association with Hachette Children‘s Group.

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra. With accompanying CDs and downloadable music, follow our conductor on his journey and uncover every detail of an orchestra. With pictograms of a full-size symphony orchestra and information on all of the music featured, as well as a foreword by Sir Simon Rattle, this is the must-have book on the orchestra and its instruments for children aged 7+.

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An illustration of string players in the London Symphony Orchestra.

Creative Projects at Home

Curated and written by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach, this collection of creative projects takes Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Ravel’s Boléro as the starting point for some fun and inventive home music-making. The book features video how-tos and audio extracts of both works performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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An illustration of brass players in the London Symphony Orchestra.

Resources for Key Stage 2 Teachers

Curated and written by LSO Animateur Rachel Leach, this pack is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers and their classes as they explore How to Build an Orchestra. The pack includes creative classroom projects supported through video tutorials along with audio extracts of the orchestra performing famous works by Beethoven and Ravel.

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