Funharmonics: Yikes! Spikes!

A concert and activities for all the family

12:00 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Experience the timeless magic of Roald Dahl in a whole new way as we present the first of three family concerts inspired by his gloriously imaginative and absurd Dirty Beasts poems.

Benjamin Wallfisch The Porcupine

David Angus conductor
Chris Jarvis presenter
Hyeyoon Park violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Dive into the wonderful world of orchestras – a sonically supercharged, sensory spectacular; an eloquent, exquisite, energetic extravaganza; a mesmerizing, meticulous, magnificent marvel. And some jolly good tunes. 

In this matinee performance we meet The Porcupine in a very special piece by composer Benjamin Wallfisch, inspired by Roald Dahl’s story of a young girl who learns the hard way why porcupines have those silly spikes!

Presented by CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis and featuring 80 of the country’s finest musicians, FUNharmonics concerts are the perfect introduction to the extraordinary drama and colour of orchestral music. 

Come and join the party! 
Throughout the day there are free musical events around the building offering a fun and interactive way-in to the concert. 

10.00am–2.00pm: Have a go at an orchestral instrument of your choice under expert instruction; join our music-making workshops on The Clore Ballroom; and explore Southbank Centre with our free activity sheet. 

1.15pm: The music continues on The Clore Ballroom – a guest ensemble of young musicians entertain with a selection of great tunes.