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 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your school’s contact details if you would like to be added to the booking mailing list. You will then receive concert details and booking forms for all our future Key Stage Concerts.

Summer term 2018 concerts

If you are already on our mailing list, full details about our summer 2018 concerts will be sent via e-mail shortly after the spring half-term. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Future concert dates

Key stage concerts for the 2017/18 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.            

Summer 2018

KS1: 26 June and 6 July Carnival of the Animals

KS2: 9 July Voyager

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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