Family Concert: How to Build an Orchestra


Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

Sun 27 Feb 2022 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Prokofiev 'Montagues & Capulets' from Romeo and Juliet
Rachel Leach Let's Make a Band!
Bartók Divertimento (extract)
Mozart Gran Partita (extracts)
Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (extract)
Beethoven Symphony No 6 (extracts)
Rachel Leach Let's Make a Band!
Ravel arr Rachel Leach Bolero

Jessica Cottis conductor
Rachel Leach presenter
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £16 £12 £10 adults, £5 under-18s

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


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On sale dates

Priority Booking 
From Friday 22 October 10am: LSO Patrons, LSO Pioneers & LSO Ambassador Friends
From Monday 25 October 10am: all LSO Friends (Ambassador, Benefactor, Associate & Supporter levels)

Public Booking
From Tuesday 2 November 10am



Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Join the LSO, animateur Rachel Leach and conductor 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.

This concert is inspired by the award winning book How to Build an Orchestra by Mary Auld, with illustrations by Elisa Paganelli and written in collaboration with the orchestra, following a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra, and featuring illustrations of Sir Simon Rattle and real LSO players. You can order the book online, or purchase a copy when you come to see the concert. 

Your Visit

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Distanced Seating

Standard seating is being used in most of the Hall for this concert. Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats in the Balcony.

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group on the evening of the concert. All audience members are asked to wear a face covering unless exempt.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


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