Family concerts at Southbank Centre

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.

 

Next FUNharmonics concerts

Conducting Science - Voice Box

Saturday 30 March 2019

Expect the unexpected!
Expert presenter Helen Arney conducts on-stage experiments with the whole Orchestra Join us for astounding facts and extraordinary music-making!

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Zog

Sunday 27 October 2019

Follow the adventures of the eager, but accident-prone young dragon Zog, as the LPO performs René Aubry’s lively score to a big screen projection of the film.

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Why Beethoven Threw the Stew

Sunday 16 February 2020

Inspired by the book of the same name by cellist Steven Isserlis, let the LPO introduce your family to one of the most brilliant composers in the history of music – Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Before the Firebird ...

Sunday 3 May 2020

Join us for some compelling storytelling and fantastic new participatory music, followed by extracts from Igor Stravinsky’s magical ballet score.

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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! Evening concerts are suitable for children aged seven and over unless otherwise stated.

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

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

LPO Showcase

If an evening concert is too long, you could bring your family to one of our LPO Showcase series of inspiring free concerts at Southbank Centre.
All are welcome to join us for a variety of performances featuring musicians nurtured through our Education and Community programmes – Foyle Future FirstsLPO Junior Artists and LPO Soundworks – as well as student ensembles from the Royal College of Music.