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 2020 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. 

Spring 2020

KS1: Monday 30 March
Fantastic Folk!
Monday 30 March 11am & 12.10pm
Barbican Hall


Animateur: Lucy Hollins

INSET: Monday 27 January, 10am-1pm

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra as the LSO and presenter Lucy Hollins explores folk origins of classical music. Immerse yourself in the rhythms and melodies of folk music and learn how composers, like Bartok, used these tunes as the basis for their music.


KS2: Tuesday 10 March
How to Build an Orchestra
Tuesday 10 March, 10.40am & 12pm
Barbican Hall


Animateur: Rachel Leach

INSET: Monday 20 January, 9.30am-12.00pm

To celebrate the launch of the brand new book, How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld, join the LSO and the animateur Rachel Leach as they guide you through the instruments and the amazing sounds an Orchestra can make. From Beethoven to Britten,  Mozart to Ravel hear the strings, woodwind, brass and percussion show how they all are vital pieces of the orchestral make up.

Schools who book onto the concert will receive the How to Build an Orchestra book for the early-bird price of £10 to celebrate its pre-release.


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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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