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Cartoon image of Billy the Kid riding a white horse

LSO Discovery Family Concert: Heroes, Outlaws & Villains

Recommended for children aged 7+ and their families

Sunday 17 March 2024 • 2.30pm

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The Concert

Excerpts from

John Williams The Imperial March from ‘Star Wars’
Rachel Leach Billy’s Hoedown
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Suite No 2
Gioacchino Rossini Overture: William Tell
Scott Joplin arr James Lamb Overture: Treemonisha
Aaron Copland Billy the Kid – Suite
John Williams Superman March

Rachel Leach presenter
Chloe Rooke conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 3.45pm


£18 £14 £12 adults, £6 under-18s
£4 booking fee per transaction – click here for more information on booking fees

Save on Your Booking

Under-18s – £6 tickets
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets

Explore Aaron Copland’s Wild West-inspired Billy the Kid alongside other musical rogues and scoundrels, with perhaps a hero or two swooping in to save the day!

Presented in a fun and informative way, LSO Family Concerts feature music based on a theme and are an opportunity for families to learn more about music and the instruments of the orchestra. There are free workshops before the concert, and everyone can get involved by playing or singing along with the audience participation piece during the concert.

Free Crèche
There is a free crèche available for younger siblings under the age of 7.
Places must be booked in advance by emailing the Barbican Box Office at or calling 020 7870 2500 (Mon–Fri 12 noon–5.30pm). Please give the age of the child the place will be for.


Read the programme


Header Image © Liam Hennebry

Pre-concert Activities

Singing Workshop Freestage (Barbican Foyers, Level G)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.15pm)
Join Greg Link to learn the participation song Billy’s Hoedown, ready to sing along with the LSO in the hall

Instrumental Participation Workshop (Stalls Lounge, Barbican Foyer, Level -1)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.15pm)
LSO Player Shaun Thompson leads Instrument Participation for Billy’s Hoedown, teaching parts for you to play along with the LSO during the concert. Young people are encouraged to bring their own instruments from home. Book your place here from 10am Friday 15 March.

You can download the music on our website by clicking below if you’d like a sneak peek beforehand:
Bb Instruments
Cello Bass
Participation Score

Crafts, Clubstage (Barbican Foyer, Level -1)
(Drop in from 12pm)
Come and make your own hero and villain capes and masks, and join in with our other fun activities.

Music-Making Workshop, Fountain Room (Barbican Foyer, Level G)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.45pm)
Jemma Freestone leads an introductory Music Making workshop based around the story of Billy the Kid, who we will learn more about in the concert!

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