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Family Concert: Magic and Music

Recommended for children aged 7+ and their families


Sunday 2 June 2024 • 2.30pm

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The Concert

Excerpts from
Modest Mussorgsky orch Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Night on Bald Mountain
Paul Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Lucy Hollins Let’s Make a Potion
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture: The Magic Flute K620
Igor Stravinsky Firebird (1919)
Lucy Hollins There’s Magic In Us All
John Williams Hedwig’s Theme

Lucy Hollins presenter
Patrick King co-presenter
Lee Reynolds conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 3.45pm


£18 £14 £12 adults, £6 under-18s
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

Save on Your Booking

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

Delve into a world of wonder and sorcery with music, stories and live magic. Let the enchanted notes cast their spell as you listen and sing along with the London Symphony Orchestra.

A fun opportunity for families to learn more about music and the instruments of the orchestra, with music based on a theme and free workshops before the concert.

Pre-concert workshops 
Arrive early to take part in free craft and musical activities in the foyers ahead of the concert. Full details will be announced in late May. Please note there is no instrumental participation in this concert.

During the concert we’ll be asking you to sing along with the Orchestra in our specially written songs, There’s Magic In Us All and Let’s Make a Potion, and there will be practice sessions in the foyer beforehand.

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.

Please note that a photographer will be taking photos and video of this event and the pre-concert activities. If you have any concerns, or would like to be excluded from any photography, please speak to a member of staff on the day or email at least 48 hours before the concert.

Pre Concert Activites

Singing Workshop, Freestage (Barbican Foyer, Level G)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.15pm)
Join Suzzie Vango & Jo Smith to learn the participation songs Let’s Make a Potion and There’s Magic In Us All (both written by Lucy Hollins) ready to sing along with the LSO in the hall. Use the audio tracks below to help you learn the songs.

Let’s Make a Potion

Solo Piano


Download the score (PDF)

There’s Magic In Us All

Solo Piano

Download the score (PDF)


Percussion Workshop, Stalls Lounge (Barbican Foyer, Level G)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.15pm)
Join James for a magical music workshop! You’ll be summoning your wizardry to create a brand new piece of music on our fantastical percussion instruments. Conjuring rhythms and melodies and spellbinding them together, magic wands and drum sticks at the ready, we’ll work together to make something you’ll never forget.

Storytelling Workshop, Robert Stephens Room (Next to Shop Entrance Level G)
(12–12.30pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 1.10–1.40pm, 1.45–2.15pm)
Led by Ro Higgs, these workshops will look at all the magical and mystical characters from familiar tales, and explore how retelling the story from their perspective may well change the ending as we know it!

Craft drop-in, Club Stage (Barbican Foyer, Level -1)
Make your own magic hats & magic wands as well as the chance to invent your very own spells! Led by artist Lot Joy come and join in our craft activities, suitable for all ages.

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