Key Stage Concerts

Key Stage Concerts for schools are designed especially for Key Stages 1 and 2, and take place each term at the Barbican Centre.

Each concert is presented in an accessible way and features the full orchestra on stage. The programmes include interesting and lively repertoire, as well as a participation song written specifically for each Key Stage Concert.

INSET sessions

We strongly encourage teachers who wish to bring a school class to a concert to attend a teacher INSET session. These are held around six weeks before each concert and are included in the ticket price. At the INSET teachers are introduced to specially written classroom projects linked to the concerts and have the chance to get to know the participation songs, learning the best techniques of teaching these to their class. Teachers will receive a Project Pack, recordings of the participation songs and help preparing their children for the concert.


Please subscribe to our mailing list using the form at the top of the page. You will then receive concert details and booking forms for all our future Key Stage Concerts.

If you are already on our mailing list, full details about our autumn 2019 concerts will be sent via email.

Future concert dates

Key stage concerts for the Autumn term will take place on the following dates. Please ensure you are on our mailing list to be contacted via e-mail when booking opens per term. 

Autumn 2019

KS1: Monday 11 & 25 November
11am & 12.10pm


Presented by Lucy Griffiths

INSET: Monday 16 September, 10am - 1pm

Our musical exploration of magical myths and tantalising tales will take you on exciting adventures to dark caves and mysterious gardens, and journeys to Russia, Scotland and Ancient Greece. Through the music of Offenbach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Stravinsky, alongside two newly commissioned songs, you’ll meet a host of unusual creatures and curious characters and have plenty of opportunities to join in too! 

KS2: Monday 4 November
10.40am & 12pm


Presented by Rachel Leach 

INSET: Monday 23 September, 10am - 1pm

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra as the LSO and presenter Rachel Leach guide you through the enchanted woods of Eastern Europe and their tangled tales of wolves and witchcraft. Explore a musical path through the dappled light and dark glades led by the evocative works of Dvorak, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev.

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Arts Award 

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to the age of 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. 

Key Stage 2 Concerts

Arts Award Explore is for young people aged 7–25 years, and is an Entry Level 3 Qualification which takes around 25 hours to complete. LSO Discovery’s schools concerts for Key Stage Two can be used towards the following elements of Arts Award Explore:

  • INSPIRE – see a live orchestra and sing along in the participation song
  • EXPLORE – research the orchestra on LSO Play or delve into the history of the London Symphony Orchestra
  • CREATE – compose your own class piece using our free project pack and teacher INSET session, which are included as part of your concert booking

To find out more about Arts Award click here.


School group at a Key Stage concert

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