LSO Discovery Family Concert: Magic, Mystery & Mirage


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sun 26 Mar 2017 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

FALLA Ritual Fire Dance
RACHEL LEACH The Rabbit Trick (participation piece)
DVORÁK Golden Spinning Wheel
TCHAIKOVSKY 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' from The Nutcracker
DUKAS Sorcerer's Apprentice
JOHN WILLIAMS 'Hedwig's Theme' from Harry Potter

Rachel Leach presenter
Kerem Hasan conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £5 under-18s; £10 adults

£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Part of the 2016/17 season

Take a close look at some famous and not so famous moments of musical magic. Find out how Paul Dukas used the orchestra to bring the Sorcerer's Apprentice to life, how Dvořák conjured up a talking Golden Spinning Wheel and banish a ghost with Manuel de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance. There will also be an opportunity for you to join in with the orchestra in a brand new song!

Presented in a fun and informative way, our Family Concerts feature music based on a theme and offer the chance for everyone to get involved by playing or singing along with the audience participation piece.

We offer exciting music, arts and magic (watch this space!) workshops in the morning which are designed especially for families to enjoy. Please click on the tab below if you would like to book for these workshops.

There are also free drop-in activities before the concert for the whole audience. These get very busy so arrive early and head to your favourite activity first!

We also provide a crèche for children under the age of 7. Places must be booked in advance by calling the Box Office.  


Foyer Activities

Pre-concert workshops
10.30am–12.45pm, main foyers
Get into the spirit for the afternoon performance with our enchanting music, magic and craft workshops themed around the concert. 


Join professional musicians in this creative music-making workshop. Together we’ll create our own piece of music, inspired by music from the concert, so by the time you go in, you’ll be clued up and ready to go! If you play an instrument bring it along, or if not, take part using our percussion.


Join our spell-binding magician and amazing artist in this interactive magic and crafts workshop. Create and decorate your own magical production box, before stepping into the magician’s shoes to learn the secrets of his tricks. By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to dazzle your family and friends with your new magic skills!

Tickets: £7 adults, £5 under-18s, open to Family Concert ticket holders only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891


Free foyer activities
1.10–2.20pm, main foyers
Arrive early to join in with exciting free arts activities in the foyers. 

Tickets: Free entry, no need to book

REMEMBER: If you have one, make sure to bring your own instrument to the workshops and activities – especially if you've practiced the participation piece!


From 2pm
For children under seven, be sure to book a place at the free crèche.

Tickets: Free. Open to concert bookers only, advance booking essential – call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891

Participation Piece

The sheet music for Rachel Leach’s participation piece, The Rabbit Trick, is now ready to download! Get practising now to make the most of the fun on the day. You can also find a recording of the piece so you can practise singing and playing along.

The Rabbit Trick is a call-and-response song, so the audience will answer the presenter. She will sing the line first and then it’s your turn! The singer on the recording has helped you by singing the presenter’s part loudly, and your part quietly.

Listen to the recording and sing along using the downloadable song sheet.

Download the part that’s best for you:
• Violin and flute – C
• Clarinet and trumpet – Bb
• Alto Saxophone – E-flat
• French horn – F
• Viola – alto clef
• Cello, bassoon, tuba and double bass – bassline high or low

There will be the opportunity to practise this piece with players from the LSO in the foyers of the Barbican Centre from 1.15-2.15pm on the day of the concert.

download unspecifiedThe Rabbit Trick – Singing

download unspecifiedThe Rabbit Trick – Instrumental

download audio Listen: The Rabbit Trick