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.
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 spring 2019 concerts will be sent via email shortly after the October half-term.
Future concert dates
Key stage concerts for the 2018/19 academic year 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.
KS1: 17 June Hairy Maclary
'Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ – so begins one of the best-loved children’s books ever written. But what happens when Hairy Maclary and Friends meet a real-life symphony orchestra? Find out when the LSO go on this brand new animal adventure. We’ll hear how composers use the orchestra to describe animals of all kinds – including Elgar’s barking dog and Rossini’s meowing cat – and there will be two brand new musical settings of Lynley Dodd’s classic stories.
KS2: 10 June What Do You Do With An Idea?
Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra with your students in this highly participatory concert as we tell the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.This magical concert, combining an orchestra with dance, explores the importance of creativity and imagination and how young people have the power to change the world.
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:
To find out more about Arts Award click here.