Families, children and teenagers

family performances

It’s never too early to start enjoying orchestral music! Here you’ll find information about the LPO’s specially designed family FUNharmonics concerts. We’ll also tell you about family access to the LPO’s regular evening concerts at Royal Festival Hall.

FUNharmonics concerts

Our FUNharmonics concerts are designed with children in mind, usually with the following features:

  • A presenter or narrator introducing the music and concert theme
  • Lots of audience participation
  • Fun activities before the concert for ticket-holders, including opportunities to ‘have a go’ at musical instruments from the orchestra (for children 6 and over, ticket holders only)
  • The concerts are only an hour long with no interval – the perfect length for a young audience

The age guidance for each performance depends on the content of the concerts, but most of them are designed for children aged 6 and over. You’re welcome to bring younger children along, but please bear in mind that the content of the performance – in terms of both the script, pacing and musical choices - will be aimed at older children, unless otherwise specified.

Please note:

  • If your child is 2 or over, they will require a seat, and therefore a separate ticket
  • If your child is under 2, they won’t require a seat, as they can sit on your lap
  • There are a limited number of booster seats available. These will be allocated by Royal Festival Hall staff on a first come first served basis on the day.
  • Buggies are not allowed into the Royal Festival Hall auditorium, but there is a buggy park in the Royal Festival Hall foyer on FUNharmonics days
  • While these performances are more informal than our evening performances, we ask audience members to be aware of others’ enjoyment of the day

For children aged between 2 and 5, we recommend the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s OAE Tots workshops, which introduce younger music lovers to the instruments of the orchestra in a more intimate setting. OAE Tots workshops take place within the Royal Festival Hall building on the same day as the LPO’s FUNharmonics concerts, and require a separate ticket.

Evening concerts at Royal Festival Hall

We’d love to welcome you and your family to our evening performances!

Please note that our evening performances are not suitable for children under the age of 7, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children to these performances.

Our evening concerts are more formal, so everyone is expected to be able to sit still and quietly during the performance, unless there is an emergency.

Discounts

We offer a 50% discount off full-price tickets for under-18s (max 4 tickets; not applicable to FUNharmonics concerts) at our Royal Festival Hall performances. This is a limited concession, with limited availability.

Finding the Royal Festival Hall, travel and amenities

To find out about the venue and how to get here, visit the Southbank Centre’s website.