Katherine Parkinson – Sophie

Katherine Parkinson is an actress. She is best known for her role as Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd, for which she received a British Comedy Best TV Actress Award in 2009 and a BAFTA TV Award in 2014. She was also a main cast member of the series Doc Martin, and performed the voiceovers for the games Worms Clan Wars and Worms Battlegrounds. She co-starred in Humans, a sci-fi drama on AMC/Channel 4, which premiered in June 2015.

Timothy Redmond – Conductor

Timothy Redmond conducts and presents concerts throughout Europe. He is a regular guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and he works with many of the leading British and European orchestras. He has given concerts in the UK with the Philharmonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Hattie Naylor - Writer

Hattie Naylor is an award-winning writer. She has had over fifty plays, three short stories, and an opera broadcast on Radio 4 and/or 3. Credits include Ivan And The Dogs (nominated in the Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, and winner of the Tinniswood Award 2010), The Diaries Of Samuel Pepys (nominated Best Radio Drama 2012) The Aeneid (nominated Best Radio Adaptation, BBC Audio awards 2013), Bluebeard with her own company Gallivant for Bristol Old Vic and Soho Theatre 2013, and Going Dark co-written with Sound&Fury, Critics Choice in both The Guardian and Time Out, Young Vic and The Science Museum 2014, Weighting with the disabled circus company Extraordinary Bodies 2015 and Clause 39 for Salisbury Playhouse 2015. Other work includes Alice in Wonderland directed by Andy Burden for the Tobacco Factory, work with the director Lee Lyford includes The Nutcracker, The French Detective and the Blue Dog, Moominland Midwinter (with Horse and Bamboo) and The Judgment of Macbeth (with Billy Alwen and Cirque Bijou) for the Egg and/or Theatre Royal Bath, and the opera Picard in Space with Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) for the Electronica Festival at the Southbank 2012. 

Max Webster - Director

Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (Globe/UK & World tour), Shostakovich’s Hamlet (London Sinfonia), Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Young and Foolish Heart (Manchester Royal Exchange), Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera /tour), James and the Giant Peach, My Generation (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air), Skewered Snails (Iron Oxide/Southbank Centre), Anna Karenina (Arcola), Sense (Southwark Playhouse), Mary Stuart (Parco, Tokyo), The Chalk Circle (Aarohan Theatre, Nepal), Carnival Under the Rainbow, Feast Kakulu (Hilton Arts Festival, South Africa).

Concert activity sheet



Listen First

Roald Dahl's The BFG

FUNharmonics family concert

12:00 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Are you ready to take on the ghastly Fleshlumpeater and his terrible giant friends to stop them guzzling human beans? Join the BFG and his sidekick Sophie as they concoct a marvellous plan to stop the giants from galloping all over the world to gobble up humans as they sleep.

Experience Sophie's wonder as she explores the BFG's life in Giant Country, his expertise in dream catching and his unique diet of disgusterous snozzcumbers and sweet, jumbly frobscottle.

In this family concert, Roald Dahl's much-loved story The BFG, adapted for performance by award-winning writer and Olivier nominee Hattie Naylor, will be brought to life by BAFTA Award-winning actor Katherine Parkinson and the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing well-known pieces to support the action of this wonderful tale.

Katherine Parkinson Sophie
Tim Redmond conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

This concert is part of Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival

Come and join the party!


Throughout the morning there are free musical activities around the building offering a fun and interactive way-in to the concert, and opportunities for children to ‘have a go’ at different orchestral instruments under expert instruction.

FUNharmonics foyer activities are generously supported by The Jeniffer and Jonathan Harris Charitable Trust, Jupiter Music, Wood, Wind & Reed and Stentor Music Co. Ltd.

Elsewhere at Southbank Centre ...

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl Experience
Foyer Spaces | 10am–6pm (every 15 minutes)
Tickets £10/£8 (Adults/Children)
Available from Southbank Centre

Last Night I Dreamt Of ... Create your own dream jar
Level 3 Foyer (Blue Side) | 11am–3pm
Tickets free
More information


The BFG image: A P Watt at United Agents on behalf of Quentin Blake.

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