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 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. 

Spring 2019

KS1: 7 & 11 March The Great Blueness

Join the London Symphony Orchestra in this exploration of music and colour as we tell the story of The Great Blueness – a classic tale from author and illustrator Arnold Lobel about a maverick wizard who decides to paint the grey world in which he lives, and watches the impact that colour has on the emotions of the people around himFeaturing a world premiere of music specially written for these concerts by composer Gary Yershon. 


KS2: 4 March Folksong and Fantasy 

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra and captivate your students with folk tales and tunes from the sparkling skies and icy mountains of northern lands, including Catch the Wind – a tale of elves and dragons all the way from the Faroe Islands. Featuring additional repertoire from the North Atlantic triangle by composers Grieg, Jon Leifs and Sally Beamish.


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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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